The Story of Tax from Monkey Land
Written by ©Tsaiyu Chang 張采聿 2021
Once upon a time, Monkey Land was a beautiful place. All of the
monkeys were banana farmers. They used bananas instead of money in
Monkey Land had a really nice hospital, a big library, and a fun
park. Police monkeys were always on patrol protecting the town from
Let’s meet one little monkey named Tax. Tax wore a nice red bow
tie around his neck. He collected bananas from all the monkeys to pay
for the public services in Monkey Land.
“Hi. This is Tax. I am here to collect some bananas.”
“Oh no! It’s Tax time again! Three bananas?”
The other monkeys didn’t like Tax. They did not want to give any
bananas to Tax, so they drove him away from Monkey Land one day.
“Hooray, Tax is gone!”
“We don’t need to give our bananas to Tax anymore!”
“No more Tax!”
But after a few weeks, when the baby monkeys went to the park,
the swings were broken.
“Mom! Dad! The swings at the park are broken.”
“We can’t play on the swings!”
Their parents went to the store to buy a new swing. It cost one hundred bananas.
“But who should pay for the new swing?”
“Tax should pay!”
One night, some hungry wolves came to Monkey Land.
“Oh dear. The wolves are here…”
“Where are the police monkeys?”
Since the police monkeys were not paid by Tax to work, nobody
was there to help chase away the big bad wolves. The wolves even
destroyed the banana farms. Many monkeys were hurt.
At the Monkey Land hospital, the doctors couldn’t help them
because they didn’t have enough money to buy medical supplies!
What is Tax?
Tax is money collected by the government to pay for goods and services for everyone.
What does your tax pay for?
Building new roads and new bridges, and fixing old roads and old bridges. Making sure water, food, and medicine is safe. Building schools, parks, libraries, and public transportation. Paying teachers, soldiers, police officers, fire fighters, and even buying the fireworks for New Year’s Eve celebrations.
When do we pay taxes?
In Taiwan, people pay income tax in May every year. When you buy stuff, a part of your money also goes to tax.
National Tax 國稅
People give a small part of their income to the government. This money is used to build highways, pay the army and the police officers, and help people who lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Local Tax 地方稅
If you own land, a house, a car, or a scooter, you pay tax to the city officials. This money is used to build fun parks in your city, fix broken street lights and dangerous potholes on the road.
- Hospital (n.) 醫院
- Library (n.) 圖書館
- Park (n.) 公園
- Patrol (n.) 巡邏
- Public Service (n.) 公共服務
- Swing (n.) 鞦韆
- Cost (v.) 價錢為、花費
- Pay (v.) 付錢
- Chase Away (v.) 趕走
- Destroy (v.) 摧毀
- Hurt (adj.) 受傷的
- Medical Supplies (n.) 醫療用品
- What do monkeys use instead of money in Monkey Land?
- What is Tax’s job?
- Why didn’t the monkeys like Tax?
- What happened when the baby monkeys went to the park?
- Where were the police monkeys when the wolves attacked Monkey Land?
- Why couldn’t the doctors help?
- What does your tax pay for?
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