The Reading / Listening - Level 5

Presidential nominee Donald Trump is in trouble following news about his tax. The New York Times said Mr Trump's 1995 tax returns showed $916 million in business losses. This means he has not had to pay nearly a billion dollars in income tax. Despite this, Mr Trump has constantly criticized the tax system for being unfair. The Times wrote: "Trump is right when he says the system is rigged. What he doesn't say is that it's rigged…in the favor of people like him, and against regular people - those of us who earn money, pay income tax on it, and financially support the country."



Mr Trump has spent years attacking famous people for not paying enough tax. He attacked President Obama for paying a "paltry" tax rate of 20.5 per cent. Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani said Mr Trump had done nothing illegal. He called him a "genius" for not paying tax and turning around his loss-making business. Giuliani likened Trump to Britain's WWII leader Winston Churchill. Mr Trump tweeted: "I know our complex tax laws better than anyone who has ever run for president and am the only one who can fix them." He told Hillary Clinton that he was "smart" for not paying taxes.

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Sources
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/10/02/the-most-shocking-part-of-donald-trumps-tax-records-isnt-the-916-million-loss-everyones-talking-about/
  • http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/03/us/politics/trump-taxes-twitter.html
  • http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-idUSKCN1220P5


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Presidential
  2. Donald Trump is in
  3. tax
  4. $916 million in business
  5. a billion dollars in income
  6. criticized the tax system
  7. he says the system is
  8. those of us who earn
  1. losses
  2. returns
  3. money
  4. trouble
  5. for being unfair
  6. tax
  7. nominee
  8. rigged

Paragraph 2

  1. not paying
  2. a "paltry"
  3. Mr Trump had done
  4. turning around his loss-
  5. Giuliani likened Trump
  6. run for
  7. the only one who can
  8. he was "smart" for
  1. nothing illegal
  2. not paying taxes
  3. to Britain's WWII leader
  4. tax rate of 20.5%
  5. fix them
  6. enough tax
  7. making business
  8. president

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Presidential nominee Donald Trump (1) ___________________ following news about his tax. The New York Times said Mr Trump's 1995 tax returns showed $916 million (2) ___________________. This means he has not had to pay nearly a billion dollars (3) ___________________. Despite this, Mr Trump has constantly criticized the tax system (4) ___________________. The Times wrote: "Trump is right when he says the system is rigged. What he doesn't say is (5) ___________________…in the favor of people like him, and against regular people - those of us (6) ___________________, pay income tax on it, and financially support the country."

Mr Trump has spent years attacking famous people for (7) ___________________ tax. He attacked President Obama for paying a "paltry" tax rate of 20.5 per cent. Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani said Mr Trump had (8) ___________________. He called him a "genius" for not paying tax and turning around (9) ___________________ business. Giuliani likened Trump to Britain's WWII leader Winston Churchill. Mr Trump tweeted: "I know (10) ___________________ laws better than anyone who has ever run for president and am the only (11) ___________________ them." He told Hillary Clinton that (12) ___________________ not paying taxes.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

PresidentialnomineeDonaldTrumpisintroublefollowingnewsabouthi
stax.TheNewYorkTimessaidMrTrump's1995taxreturnsshowed$916
millioninbusinesslosses.Thismeanshehasnothadtopaynearlyabillion
dollarsinincometax.Despitethis,MrTrumphasconstantlycriticizedthe
taxsystemforbeingunfair.TheTimeswrote:"Trumpisrightwhenhesay
sthesystemisrigged.Whathedoesn'tsayisthatit'srigged…inthefavoro
fpeoplelikehim,andagainstregularpeople-thoseofuswhoearnmoney
,payincometaxonit,andfinanciallysupportthecountry."MrTrumphass
pentyearsattackingfamouspeoplefornotpayingenoughtax.Heattack
edPresidentObamaforpayinga"paltry"taxrateof20.5percent.Former
NewYorkmayorRudyGiulianisaidMrTrumphaddonenothingillegal.He
calledhima"genius"fornotpayingtaxandturningaroundhisloss-mak
ingbusiness.GiulianilikenedTrumptoBritain'sWWIIleaderWinstonCh
urchill.MrTrumptweeted:"Iknowourcomplextaxlawsbetterthananyo
newhohaseverrunforpresidentandamtheonlyonewhocanfixthem."H
etoldHillaryClintonthathewas"smart"fornotpayingtaxes.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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