Educators – Tax Resources and Financial Literacy

RC4488 Rev.17

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) offers free educational products about taxes. They are easy to teach and understand.

Educator-led products

Teaching Taxes

Students learn:

  • the basics of taxation
  • why they pay taxes and how these taxes are used
  • their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers
  • how to complete a simple tax return

The learning material

  • Teacher's manual and student workbook
  • 180 minutes of in‑class instruction
  • Can be used in economics, accounting, business, mathematics, consumer education, social studies, and second language courses

Responsible Citizenship and Canada's Tax System

Students learn:

  • where their tax dollars go
  • about the relationship between taxes and our quality of life in Canada
  • about the underground economy, its impact on our society, and how it affects them personally

The learning material

  • Uses the learning-focused model
  • Has a wide range of teaching and learning preferences that can be adapted to fit instructional plans
  • 180 minutes of in‑class instruction
  • Can be used alone or as an introduction to Teaching Taxes

Self-teaching product

Learning About Taxes

The CRA offers a free online self‑teaching product designed for anyone to use. This self‑paced learning module:

  • introduces you to Canada's tax system
  • helps you understand why you pay taxes and how these taxes are used
  • teaches you how to complete a simple tax return
  • takes approximately 60 to 90 minutes to complete

For more information

To learn more about our educational products, go to Understanding taxes.

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