Interactive - Task A4.2 Tax in your community

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How is the community supported through taxes? Who funds what government service? What happens when disaster strikes a local area?

Tax in your community is an interactive divided into two sections. The first section explores students' understanding of which of the three levels of government in Australia has responsibility for specific government services such as health, garbage collection and so on. The second section explores the impact of a flood on the local community of Greenville. Students make choices about the appropriate distribution of resources (raised through taxes) in a crisis situation. This task will effectively communicate the difficult trade-offs that are involved in distributing public wealth. Students must juggle competing demands according to three criteria: community wellbeing, the economy and the environment.

You may wish to explain to students that while the interactive positions the 'Prime minister' as the primary decision-maker in this particular crisis, the responsibility and authority for making decisions will depend on the type and extent of the specific crisis.

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  • Fact 14

    Women were employed for the first time at the ATO in 1917 as a result of the increased number of taxes due to the war and the loss of men to the war front.

Substantiation

Evidence of allowable deductions. Taxpayers must keep documents and records that can be used to prove they actually incurred the expenses they have claimed. These records must generally be kept for five years after they are claimed on a tax return.

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