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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Where Do Your Tax Dollars Go?

From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

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From the National Priorities Project:  Here is where a family's $25,000 of federal income tax in 2007 went:

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Wouldn't most of the Social Security and Medicare come from payroll taxes, so the income tax calculator is overstating the health share coming from income taxes?

Posted by: Zed | Apr 15, 2008 6:12:00 AM

It's broken. It doesn't show the share when taxes are negative.

Posted by: Apep | Apr 15, 2008 9:51:25 AM

22%on defense - Sorry - you must not be counting all the money spent on programs, not classified as military or defense, but actually are for military purposes - when you include them the figure goes well over 50%.

Did you want to show social programs as exceeding military spending?

Posted by: Fred Gale | Apr 15, 2008 5:31:12 PM

Aren't payroll taxes income taxes? If you're self-employed they certainly look that way.

Posted by: Donna B. | Apr 15, 2008 5:33:11 PM

Actually no, Fred Gale, they don't. Look at the breakdown.

Posted by: Glorious | Apr 16, 2008 7:30:16 AM

Well IF this graphic is factual it seems that at little over $10k goes to financing Constitutionally questionable nanny state nonsense...

Posted by: juandos | Apr 17, 2008 1:22:55 AM

Can anyone tell me some items in the federal budget that are expenditures of about one billion dollars even? This is for an article I hope to write and would be pleased to credit the supplier of this information. Thank You. Joseph P. Curran

Posted by: Joseph P. Curran | Jun 2, 2008 7:38:26 AM