Tax Day

Tax Day

April 15, 2016

Do-Now Discussion

What do taxes pay for? Make a list of projects, buildings, parks, programs, and other things taxes pay for in your city, state, and nation.

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AT THE CENTER

Admission: Programs FREE with museum admission

We know that we have to pay taxes, but do we know the reasoning behind it? Where do our hard-earned dollars go? Join the National Constitution Center and make “sense” of Tax Day with a variety of programs and family-friendly activities.

Students and teachers can also tune into Constitution Hall Pass.  In this engaging episode of our video lesson series, explore what the Constitution says about how the American government manages its money. Learn why it was so important for our young nation to raise cash quickly and how Alexander Hamilton came up with a plan to create a national bank—despite a debate about whether the Constitution gave the government the power to do so. We’ll pay a visit to the First Bank of the United States to see what its architecture reveals about how the bank was supposed to function. We’ll also find out when, how, and why the Constitution was amended to allow the federal government to impose an income tax, and learn where those tax dollars go today. Don’t forget to use our great discussion questions before and after you watch the episode and chat live with our staff from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern.

In the Classroom

Celebrate Tax Day with the National Constitution Center through a variety of resources for the classroom.

Constitution Hall Pass

Constitution Hall Pass: Dollars and Sense

Webcast Air Date: April 15,

Live Chat: April 15, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST

In this engaging episode of our Constitution Hall Pass webcast, explore what the Constitution says about how the American government manages its money. Learn why it was so important for our young nation to raise cash quickly, and how Alexander Hamilton came up with a plan to create a national bank—despite a debate about whether the Constitution gave the government the power to do so. We’ll pay a visit to the First Bank of the United States to see what its architecture reveals about how the bank was supposed to function. We’ll also find out when, how, and why the Constitution was amended to allow the federal government to impose an income tax, and learn where those tax dollars go today. Don’t forget to use our great discussion questions before and after you watch the episode!

Produced by the National Constitution Center, Constitution Hall Pass is a free, fun, and fascinating webcast and live chat series. Tune in online at constitutioncenter.org/hallpass.

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