This comprehensive 2013 taxation study guide covers U.S. individual income tax and is adapted from U.S. government publications. The site contains hundreds of multiple-choice, multiple-answer, true/false, and fill-in-the blank (computational) test items subdivided into the following 5 categories: Tax Formula, Exemptions, Filing Status, Standard Deductions, and Filing Requirements. Explanatory feedback is provided for responses. Attempts are scored for users to track their performance.
Type of Material:
Drill and practice, review, quiz/test
In class review, homework, individual or team drill and practice. Also useful as part of a lecture.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
To learn many of the tax terms and tax rules contained in the IRS publications based on the Internal Revenue Code.
Target Student Population:
College-level students enrolled in introductory federal income tax class. Individuals studying for the CPA exam might also find the site useful.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic tax knowledge.
Income taxation is a difficult topic to teach and the authors have professionally integrated various concepts in an engaging manner. The integrative modules cover the basic components of individual income tax.
Content is current, relevant, and accurate.
Use of the materials is flexible in that it can be used for individual or in-class review.
The module is most comprehensive, including 574 questions.
Explanatory feedback is thorough and cites court cases when applicable.
In order to cover all the questions, a considerable investment of time would be required.
Relevance in future years could become an issue unless the site is updated on an annual basis.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The student studying federal individual taxation for the first time will be exposed to many relevant tax rules.
For the advanced tax student, the materials would be a good refresher source of relevant tax rules.
The positive and corrective feedback associated with each question is excellent, making this resource an effective teaching tool.
Instructors could easilty develop an assignment that would incorporate the use of this site.
For a beginning or advanced tax student, prerequisite knowledge would include a review of relevant tax concepts.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is very easy to use.
Technically, no prior tax knowledge is required although it would be very helpful.
Instantaneous positive feedback is given for each question.
Upon completing or canceling a session, the number of questions answered correctly is tallied.
The site has a professional appearance and is well done from a design standpoint.
No initial instructions have been included to explain how to use the site. One has to explore the site to learn which type of features are supported. For example, it is not obvious that progress is tracked until one finishes or cancels a session.
The questions are always delivered in the same sequence.
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