Where Did Your Tax Dollar Go
Created on April 15, 2013
In 2012, Washington collected $2.4 trillion in taxes, more than $20,000 for every American household. Yet Washington actually spent $3.5 trillion, or nearly $30,000 per household, adding $1.1 trillion to the debt.
All other spending
Income security*, Veterans’ benefits
Medicare, Medicaid, other health care
* Includes federal employee retirement and disability, unemployment compensation, food and housing assistance, and other federal income security programs.
Notes: Figures have been rounded. Defense spending includes overseas contingency operations.
Source: White House Office of Management and Budget.