August 03, 1998
Internet Program Helps
Teens Learn about Taxes
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service and the Section of
Taxation of the American Bar Association today announced a joint
project to help young people learn about the federal tax system.
TAXinteractive (TAXi) is an electronic learning laboratory available
on the Internet at http://www.irs.gov:80/taxi/.
"TAXi helps young people learn about their tax obligations
through a program they can relate to." said Charles 0. Rossotti,
Commissioner of Internal Revenue. "We think it's an exciting new
addition to our Web site, and we appreciate the assistance of the
Section of Taxation in helping make it happen."
TAXi is in an easy-to-read, teen-friendly format with various
scenarios and a dictionary of tax terms. A "teachers' toolkit"
provides teachers with resources to help integrate lessons about
taxes in classroom settings. The program also includes instructions
for downloading and installing Adobe Acrobat 3.0, which is required
to view and print several of the items in the "toolkit."
"TAXi will help improve tax literacy among our young people,"
said Phillip Mann, Chair of the Section of Taxation. "It will help
them in many situations -- day-to-day activities, planning to buy a
car, filing taxes electronically, and even figuring out how much
money they can expect to take home from a summer job."
TAXi builds on "Understanding Taxes," the IRS's successful
educational program. "Understanding Taxes" provides educators with
the teaching materials to help students understand their tax rights
Scholastic Inc. of New York developed the editorial content for
TAXi under contract with the Section of Taxation. Vector Research,
Incorporated, and Boxtop International of Los Angeles helped develop
the Web site.
The Section of Taxation joined with the IRS to produce the
Internet program because of a mutual interest in educating taxpayers
and promoting voluntary compliance. One of the goals of the Section
of Taxation is improving the public understanding of, confidence in,
and respect for the country's tax system.
For more information about the Section of Taxation, contact
Christine Brunswick, 740 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20005, or
access its Web site at http://www.abanet.org/tax/. Users may also
access TAXi from this Web site, as well as from the IRS's Web site
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