Math in the News: Taxes

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Taxing Valentine’s Day:

Romance was in the air last week as everyone scrambled to buy gifts for their loved ones on Valentine’s Day, but there’s a hidden side to Valentine’s Day that can put a real strain on consumers wallets.

Thanks to indirect taxes, the price of all those chocolates and flowers that were purchased probably made some people happy that Valentine’s Day only comes once a year .

Check out this article, “Government is Taxing Your Valentine,” from the Chicago Tribune to read about the effect that taxes have on Valentine’s Day, and see some stats relating to how much money was expected to be generated for the government from taxes.

For more information on indirect taxes, or the various other forms of taxation, check out

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