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  Caution  At the time of making Understanding Taxes available, some of the 2012 tax forms had not been released pending Congressional action on extender legislation. These sites cover 2011 tax law and return preparation. Understanding Taxes will not be updated to reflect 2012 tax law.  

Access all the great educational content found in the Understanding Taxes program on the Internet! This online version includes detailed lesson plans, interactive activities, simulations, and more!

For Educators, every Understanding Taxes lesson includes the correlations to national and state educational standards. Each lesson plan includes a link to the applicable national and state standards, making it simple to integrate Understanding Taxes into your existing classroom curricula.

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Making real-world connections to classroom instruction is an important goal of educators. The IRS partnered with education professionals to bring you the Understanding Taxes Teacher Site, an interactive tax education program for middle school, high school and community college classrooms.
Interested in uncovering the mystery behind taxes? Looking for real-world applications for what you've learned in the classroom?

The Understanding Taxes Student Site provides middle schools, high schools, community colleges, and the general public with a technology-based instructional tool.
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