Aug 31, 2020
"Pew has an excellent interactive that allows users to compare from one state to another how revenues are collected. This Census Bureau interactive allows users to see how their state spends taxes collected, and compare states. There are lots of possibilities for prompts for this in a personal finance or economics class, such as:
In what ways does your state collect and reallocate tax dollars?
How does that impact you?
How does that impact...
Aug 21, 2020
Financial Literacy, Economics, Investing, Taxes, Insurance, Paying for College
Charles Schwab released its Financial Literacy Survey. Here are the highlights:
On a scale of 1-100, Americans rated money management (62.9) as the most important skill for kids to learn, edging out the dangers of drugs and alcohol (60.5), healthy eating and exercise habits (58.3), and safe driving practices (57).
Technology (FinTech) could develop in a way to further divide the financially vulnerable from everyone else, or it could be developed in a way to...
Aug 12, 2020
EdPuzzle Thursday, Taxes
EdPuzzle is a great platform to test for knowledge while students watch a video and learn remotely. We will be releasing new EdPuzzle videos here on the blog each week so that your students can answer questions that are directly embedded within engaging videos.
This week we have two EdPuzzle videos both focusing on taxes.
The first EdPuzzle video titled "How Do Your Tax Dollars Get Spent?" explains exactly what areas and programs your federal tax money supports.
Aug 03, 2020
Teaching Remotely, Taxes
The W4 Form has been redesigned. According to the IRS, “The new design reduces the form's complexity and increases the transparency and accuracy of the withholding system. While it uses the same underlying information as the old design, it replaces complicated worksheets with more straightforward questions that make accurate withholding easier for employees.”
The activity FINE PRINT: W4 Form allows students to analyze the new W4 Form and understand what information is...
Jul 10, 2020
Current Events, Employment, Investing, Taxes
Income and Budgeting (pandemic-related)
A survey by Bankrate conducted in late June yielded some dire if not unexpected statistics about the impact of the pandemic on incomes.
49% of those polled said the pandemic has negatively impacted their income.
Of those negatively impacted, only 17% were back to normal at the time of the survey, and 59% feel it will take longer than three months to recover.
45% were not impacted.
This WSJ (subscription) article has lots of great statistics/graphs...
Just prior to the usual April filing deadline, we published a brief update (CARES Act edition) on changes congress made to individual income tax returns for the 2019 tax year. The following information recaps the key changes, and explains a bit more about what has been happening since the last post.
Filing Deadlines (for 2019 returns)
One of the biggest changes to taxes (for 2019 only, at least so far), is that the Federal filing deadline for individual 2019 tax returns was moved from...
Jun 08, 2020
Teaching Remotely, Taxes
Taxes can be a tough topic to teach high school students, and even more difficult when you are teaching remotely. However, learning how to file your taxes is an important life skill for all students to learn. The activity CALCULATE: Completing a 1040 requires students to complete a 1040 Form for individuals with a variety of backgrounds and personal situations.
At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering synchronous and asynchronous learning, we've listed some adaptations...
Jun 05, 2020
Current Events, Economics, Investing, Taxes
Of Dollars and Data explains the racial wealth gap mentioned in Tim’s post on NGPF yesterday. WaPo tracks the gap back to 1968…and there has been little change.
After Thursday’s news that another 1.9 million people files for unemployment last week (AP), today’s unemployment rate announcement stunned most economists, going down to 13.3% when it was expected to go up as high as 20% (Forbes). The recovery of 2.5 million jobs added from...
May 11, 2020
Teaching Remotely, Budgeting, Investing, Taxes
MOVE activities are some of the best NGPF activities to use in the traditional classroom. They require students to apply their knowledge through a fun, out-of-their-seats, whole class challenge. But times are different right now and learning is taking place remotely. So, how can teachers take the context of the MOVE activity and use it in the digital environment?
We have created TWO adaptations to THREE of our most popular MOVE activities that you can use in either a synchronous or asynchronous...
May 04, 2020
Teaching Remotely, Taxes
Tax forms contain so many letters and numbers that it can be hard for students to keep them straight. COMPARE: Tax Forms & Their Purpose is an activity that has students identify the purpose of a variety of tax forms including the W-2, W-4, 1099, 1040, and I-9.
At a time where many schools have transitioned to offering asynchronous and synchronous learning, we've listed some adaptations that might work for your current classroom environment.
ASYNCHRONOUS Learning Environment Ideas:...
Apr 14, 2020
Question of the Day, Taxes
About 80% of workers receive an income tax refund every year. This means that they pay more in taxes during the year then they need to. This is the reason they get a refund. Why do you think workers do this?
Is receiving a refund of nearly $3000 good for American workers? Why or why not?
The deadline to file a tax return has been extended to July 15th. If you expect to receive a refund, should you file earlier?
Do your parents/guardians typically get an income tax...
April is Financial Literacy Month, and except for this year, Tax Month!
Here are a few tax-implications of the CARES Act that you should know about for 2019 and 2020. This information was taken from the following articles:
Don’t Mess With Taxes (Kay Bell)
1) Filing and payment date for 2019 taxes has been postponed until July 15.
HOWEVER: Given that the stimulus checks are tied to information from the IRS, specifically your bank account for direct...
Mar 22, 2020
Taxes, Question of the Day
Answer: July 15, 2020
Just like school work, why is it important to know the deadline to file your tax return?
What would be your advice for the 73% of tax filers who receive a tax refund? File as soon as possible or wait until July 15th?
What would be your advice for the 27% of tax filers who owe the government additional taxes? File as soon as possible or wait until July 15th?
What is the typical tax deadline?
Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the...
Mar 20, 2020
Current Events, Investing, Economics, Paying for College, Taxes
Dealing with our new reality—here are articles that you may find helpful.
USA Today came up with this article to help kids come to terms with what is going on.
The food supply is secure. No need to hoard groceries. While there will be shortages of some products as adjustments are made, like food that was going to restaurants will find its way to grocery channels, if anything, production is gearing up. (NYT)
Jean Chatsky has been on NBC news affiliates today with her financial advice for...
Mar 13, 2020
Current Events, Investing, Career, Taxes
The World Health Organization declares the Coronavirus is now a pandemic. This past week, we saw the worst day on Wall Street since 1987 on Thursday (NYT), and worst week since 2008. As I write this, markets are bouncing back, but the day isn't over yet.
Neil Irwin in his Upshot article explains the troubling phenomenon with this financial crisis: all asset classes are down. Listen to him on MarketPlace Morning report recapping the crazy week. (listen to the 3/13/20...