federal-budget

Have you ever wondered how much of your own tax dollars actually go to support foreign aid (you’d be surprised)? Or education? Or clean water? Well, now it’s easier to find out than ever before.

Taxpayer Receipts are not new. Just last year, the White House released the 2014 Taxpayer Receipt, so you can see where your tax dollars went (I assume that 2015 is coming soon). Just take a look at your W2 (I’m guessing you still have it handy). Just input your Social Security tax, Medicare tax, and federal income tax, and it will populate with the amount of your tax dollars that funded each program, and you can learn more about the amazing things they do to create public systems and structures that benefit us all.

As the National Priorities Project notes:

Out of every federal income tax dollar paid in 2014, 27¢ went to military and war, 26.5¢ went to health programs, 15.3¢ went to interest on federal debt, 8.4¢ went to unemployment and labor, 5.8¢ went to veterans’ benefits, and just pennies went to each of food and agriculture, government, education, transportation, housing and community, science, international affairs, and energy and environment programs.

But if you want to have a little more fun, you can use the new Federal Taxpayer Receipt from our friends at Engaged Public. You’ll remember them from the amazing Federal Balancing Act simulation.

Tax receipt

Federal Taxpayer Receipt lets users put their household income, their filing status, and the number of people claimed and get an unofficial receipt – showing a breakdown of where their tax dollars went.
For a family of four and an annual household income of $75,000, this is just the beginning of your receipt:
Health Care …………………….. $2,867.96
Social Security …………………. $4,650.00
Defense …………………………. $1,351.20
Economic Security …………………$582.02
Interest ………………………………$536.73
General Government …………….. $523.46
Veterans Benefits ………………….$398.48
Infrastructure and Development ….$337.51
Education ……………………………$255.38
Natural Resources …………………$169.67
International Affairs ………………..$103.85
TOTAL .…………………………..$11,775.00
And you can get far more details on each section to see our tax dollars at work, making our public programs succeed, and helping create the public systems that we all rely on every day.
Want to find out what your tax dollars funded? Find out right now. How better to ImagineGov, then to know what we’re funding now, and think about what we want to fund in the future.

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