This activity presents students with two earners, Mr. Anybody and Mr. Anywhere. Students are given a copy of both men's check stub. Students must find each man's gross monthly and annual salary, federal taxes withheld, state taxes withheld, Medicare and FICA taxes and a 1% occupational tax. Students will then be asked to compute each man's net pay. Tax brackets for federal and Alabama taxes are included. I can only upload the PDF version, if you would like to modify for your state please email and I will send a PPT version that is editable.
Follow up questions are included that examine why Mr. Anywhere's tax bracket is lower and how to reduce taxable income. I taught this in a senior econ class; however, it works well for personal finance and a variety of other subjects