TAXEDU is a European Union pilot project. Its aim is to educate young European citizens about tax and how it affects their lives.
The portal targets three age groups with tailored information:
- Children: an explanation of what taxes are and the benefits everyone experiences day-to-day. The section includes some surprising and fun facts about tax from around Europe to make learning fun. The language is simple and accessible
- Teenagers: a description of what taxes are and the benefits for everyday life. This section includes more details than the one for children, as well as concrete examples that fit with teenagers’ interests (downloading music, buying online, etc.).
- Young adults: information relevant to this particular phase in life, as young people make the transition to adulthood (do they have to pay tax when they start university, launch their business, work in another country, etc.).
Information is conveyed through games, e-Learning material and microlearning clips so that European youngsters can learn about tax in its different forms, and the issues associated with it (tax fraud, tax evasion, etc.) in a fun and engaging way. The teachers’ corner offers resources, tips and tricks on teaching about tax.
The objectives of the TAXEDU web-portal are to:
- contribute to the fiscal education of young European citizens;
- reduce tax evasion and fraud across Europe, through better information and education in this area;
- provide European citizens with information on the services and facilities that are made possible through tax (education, healthcare, etc.).
The project was led by the European Parliament and the European Commission (Directorate General for Taxation and Customs), while national tax administrations participated.