I. Name the word-building elements (suffixes, prefixes) and the part 

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I. Name the word-building elements (suffixes, prefixes) and the part

of speech of each word. Translate the words:

tax — taxater — taxable — taxability — taxation — taxer — taxing — taxman; impose — imposing — imposition; permanence — permanency — permanent — permanently; collect — collected — collection — collective — collectively — collectivise — collectivism — collector — collectivity.

II. Find equivalents:

1. proportional tax 2. progressive tax 3. regressive tax 4. percentage rate of taxation 5. sales tax 6. to impose/levy a tax 7. to collect taxes 8. property taxes 9. real property/estate 10. to pay taxes 11. source of revenue 12. bank account 13. tangible property 14. essentials а. регресивний податок б. процентна ставка оподаткування в. податок з продажу г. пропорційний податок д. стягувати податки е. податок на власність є. прогресивний податок ж. нерухоме майно з. предмет першої необхідності и. обкладати податком і. банківський рахунок ї. джерело доходу й. матеріальні активи к. платити податки

III. Match the antonyms:

income, expenditure, low income, to spend, to go up, to decrease, fairly, to save, high income, to prohibit, wholesale, tangible, permanently, indirect tax, to change, non-essentials, to be the same, to allow, intangible, direct tax, retail, unjustly, temporarily, essentials.

IV. Memorize the following words and word-combinations.

Use them in the sentences of your own:

tax evasion — ухиляння від сплати податку local/national taxes — місцеві/державні податки direct/indirect taxes — прямі/непрямі податки income tax — прибутковий податок land tax — земельний податок to tax/to impose a tax — обкладати податком; оподатковувати imposition, n — обкладання (податком); оподатковування; податок to pay taxes/impositions — платити податки to impose on/upon — пропонувати; покладати; нав’язувати to collect taxes — збирати податки levy, n — збирання, стягування (податків тощо), оподатковування to levy — збирати, стягувати (податки тощо), оподатковувати

V. Translate the sentences paying attention to the italicized words:

1. People paytax according to their income. 2. New taxes were imposedon wines and spirits. 3. The car is taxed until July. 4. Income tax is a direct taxlevied on personal income, mainly wages and salaries. 5. Taxation can be used to limit harmful externalities. 6. Tax evasion is a criminal offence. 7. Everyone grumbled at the imposition of newtaxes. 8. Don’t impose yourself on people who don’t want you. 9. I must perfom the task that has beenimposedupon me.

VI. Match each term in Column A with its definition in Column B:

Column A Column B

1. proportional tax   a. A financial plan that summarizes income and expenditures over a period of time.
2. progressive tax b. Raising of money from individuals and organizations by the state in order to pay for the goods and services it provides.
3. regressive tax c. Onethat takes a higherpercentage of a low income and a lower percentage of high income.
4. sales tax d. One that takes the same percentage of all incomes regardless of size.
5. property taxes e. One that takes a largerpercentage of a higher income and a smaller percentage of a lower income.
6. tax assessor f. A regressive tax added to the price of goods at the time they are sold.
7. budget g. A person who places value on property for tax purposes.
8. taxation h. A tax on real estate, land and buildings.

VII. Define which of the following items best completes

the statement:

1. Sometimes, government decreases taxes to encourage consumer

spending. Which reason to collect taxes does this policy illustrate?

a. To pay the cost of government.

b. To protect selected industries.

c. To regulate the level of economic activity.

d. To discourage or encourage certain industries.

2. The financial plan of a government is called

a. its debt.

b. taxation.

c. national planning.

d. a budget.

3. The government’s budget will have a deficit whenever

a. taxes are reduced.

b. taxes are increased.

c. spending is increased.

d. spending is greater than revenue.


VIII. Complete the following sentences:

1. There are three types of taxes in the USA ... . 2. A proportional tax is one that ... . 3. A progressive tax is ... . 4. A regressive tax is ... . 5. A sales tax is ... . 6. Most states allow their merchants ... . 7. The sales tax generally is a very effective means ... . 8. A major source of revenue is ... . 9. Real property includes ... . 10. Tangible property is ... . 11. Intangible personal property includes ... . 12. The main problem with personal property as a source of revenue is ... . 13. A tax assessor is ... .


IX. Say whether these statements are true or false and if they are

false say why:

1. A proportional tax imposes the same percentage rate of taxation on everyone.2. A progressive tax imposes a higher percentage rate of taxation on higher incomes. 3. A regressive tax imposes a low percentage rate of taxation on low incomes. 4. A sales tax is a general tax levied on essentials only. 5. It is collected by special government agencies. 6. Tangible property is all items of wealth not permanently attached to land or buildings. 7. Intangible property includes stocks, bonds, mortgages, and bank accounts. 8. Every item of personal property is taken into account by the tax assessor. 9. The evaluation of property doesn’t present a problem.

X. Answer the following questions:

1. What types of taxes are there in the United States? 2. What is a proportional (progressive, regressive) tax? Give examples. 3. What is a sales tax? 4. What does real property include? 5. What is the main problem with personal property as a source of revenue?

XI. Translate into English:

1. У Сполучених Штатах є три типи податків: пропорційний, прогресивний та регресивний. 2. Податок з продажу — це загальний податок, який накладається майже на всі споживчі товари. 3. Більшість штатів дозволяє продавцям залишати невелику частку того, що вони зібрали, щоб компенсувати час та бухгалтерські витрати. 4. Основне джерело доходу — це податок на власність. 5. Нерухомість — це земля, будівлі та все, що постійно перебуває там. 6. Податковий асесор — це людина, яка оцінює майно з метою його оподаткування.


XII. Speak about the types of taxes in the USA using the following

words and word-combinations:

proportional/progressive/regressive tax; percentage rate of taxation; total income; high/low incomes; yearly income; sales taxes; final price; at the time of the sale; to impose; consumer purchases; government agency; to compensate one’s time and book-keeping costs; property tax; tangible or intangible personal property; tax assessor.


1. Practise the pronunciation of the following words:

a) stress the first syllable:

standard, yield, revenue, clarity, benefit, justly, staff, taxpayer, measure, spending, final, finally, fair, fairness, suffer, income;

b) stress the second syllable:

criterion, criteria, effective, efficiency, collect, enforcement, administer, impose, ability, proportion, discomfort, taxation, derive, distribute, distributing, require, design, avoid, convenience.


Text B

In order to have an effective tax system, government must have criteria or standards. One such criterion is that a tax yields enough revenue.

A second criterion is clarity. Tax laws should be written so that both the taxpayer and tax-collector can understand them. This is not an easy task but people seem to be more willing to pay taxes1, when they understand them. A third criterion is ease of administration. A tax should be easy to collect. It should not require a large enforcement staff, and it should be designed so that citizens find it hard to avoid. This criterion also includes convenience and efficiency. That is the tax should be administered at the lowest possible cost. A final criterion is fairness. Taxes should be imposed justly. However, this is hard to do because people do not always agree about what is or is not fair when it comes to taxes2.

In general taxes are based chiefly on two principles: the Benefit Principle3and the Ability-to-Pay Principle4.

The Benefit Principle of taxation is based on two ideas. First, those who benefit from government services should be the ones to pay for them. Second, people should pay taxes in proportion to the amount of services or benefits they receive.

The Ability-to-Pay Principle of taxation says that people should be taxed according to their ability to pay, no matter what benefits or services they receive. This principle is based on three things. First it is not possible to measure benefits, derived from government spending. Second, people with higher incomes suffer less discomfort than people with lower incomes even if they pay higher taxes. Finally, the only means most people have of paying taxes is the income they earn. Since the benefits of government services to individuals are hard to measure, the other basis for distributing taxes is income.



1. ... people seem to be more willing to pay taxes — ... здається, що люди з більшою охотою платитимуть податки

2. ... when it comes to taxes — ... коли йдеться про податки

3. Benefit Principle — пільговий принцип

4. Ability-to-Pay Principle — принцип платоспроможності



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