The mission of TaxJazz is to provide ordinary individuals, teachers and communities easily accessible, non-partisan, information about tax and tax policy, so they may participate in an informed way in a rational debate about the future of American tax policy.
It uses online and school/community-based programs to provide information and learning opportunities in four interrelated areas of taxation:
1. Why we have taxation (understanding public goods, the problems of collective action and the connection between taxing and spending).
2. Fairness of taxation: (how to distribute the burden of taxation, including choice of tax base and rate structure).
3. Basic concepts of taxation (e.g. marginal rates versus effective rates; credits versus deductions).
4. Specific tax provisions which apply to large numbers of people.
TaxJazz’s primary target is young adults (16-30), but much of its output is appropriate for an older general population and can be adapted for younger individuals.
TaxJazz materials are appropriate for independent study or use by groups such as such as schools, employers, community organizations, journalists, etc. (including instructor guides).