On Tax Day, Here’s Where YOUR Money Is Going

where your taxes went on tax day

If you live in the US, you know that April 15th is tax day — when tax returns must be filed along with payments for all taxes owed from the previous year. Have you ever stopped to think about where your tax dollars are actually being spent? The White House has released a tool that can show you (in general).

I plugged in some fake numbers, and this was the tax day breakdown (click the pic to enlarge it).

where your taxes go on tax day

Does it make me feel better to know that if I paid $8K in federal income tax, $1983 of it would have gone to national defense and $2015.20 of it would have gone to health care? Actually, it does; I have to admit being a bit surprised that the numbers weren’t reversed. I find it incredibly depressing that of my (fictional) $8K paid in income tax on tax day, only $90.40 would have gone to Science, Space, & Technology programs. Perhaps most depressing — like all credit card bills with a balance, interest is one of the ugliest expenses — $691.20 (of my fictional $8K). That’s more than is paid to any but the top three categories — national defense, health care, and job & family security.

I don’t mean to start a political discussion; I’d just like you to plug in your numbers and take a look at how YOUR money is being spent this tax day; how does it make you feel? Are you okay with it? Are there places you wish more (or less) of your money was being spent?

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About the Author

Judie Lipsett Stanford
Judie is the co-owner and Editor-in-Chief of Gear Diary, which she founded in September 2006. She started in 1999 writing software reviews at the now-defunct smaller.com; from mid-2000 through 2006, she wrote hardware reviews for and co-edited at The Gadgeteer. A recipient of the Sigma Kappa Colby Award for Technology, Judie is best known for her device-agnostic approach, deep-dive reviews, and enjoyment of exploring the latest tech, gadgets, and gear.

2 Comments on "On Tax Day, Here’s Where YOUR Money Is Going"

  1. This post is excellent. Thank you for doing it! Very thought provoking. It’s unfortunate that it’s so difficult to speak about anything remotely like this without making it about politics. You’ve shared information and encouraged others to do the same (and participate in their government) without being overly political – something almost impossible to do. Brilliantly done.

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