Tax Examination

Project Title

Tax Examination


David Graser, Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ (


This project helps students to examine how the likelihood of having a tax return examined is influenced by whether the taxpayer requests a refund or not. This is one of the last projects I use in Finite Math so students are expected to attack the problem with a limited number of scaffolding resources.

Project Content

Project Letter – DOC | PDF

Scaffolding Resources

Handout: Baye’s Theorem Example – DOC | PDF
Handout: Baye’s Rule and Medical Testing– DOC | PDF


Interpreting which probabilities the numbers correspond to is the most challenging aspect of this project.