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Where Did Your Tax Dollar Go

Created on April 15, 2013

Where Did Your Tax Dollar Go

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.

Net interest


K–12 education

All other spending

Income security*, Veterans’ benefits

National defense

Social Security

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.