The 10 Biggest Programs That Your Income Taxes Pay For

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on April 25 2013 10:53 AM
Federal Taxpayer Receipt
Located on the White House website, the Federal Taxpayer Receipt allows taxpayers to enter their income, Social Security and Medicare taxes and get a personalized look at where their tax dollars are being spent. Reuters

For the third year in a row, President Barack Obama has released information regarding how American tax dollars are being spent.  

Located on the White House website, the Federal Taxpayer Receipt allows taxpayers to enter their income, Social Security and Medicare taxes and get a personalized look at where their tax dollars are going.

Check below for the 10 biggest government programs that your income taxes pay for.

National Defense

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National Defense in the United States accounts for nearly 25 percent of your total income tax payment. Broken down even further, military salaries and benefits for members of the armed services make up roughly a quarter, while most of the remainder goes toward equipment and supplies, as well as weapons, construction, and research and development.

Health Care

Health Care According to the Federal Taxpayer Receipt, health care programs utilize 22.45 percent of the American taxpayer’s income tax payment. While the two biggest expenditures are for Medicare and Medicaid, additional amounts of this percentage go towards health research, food safety, public health services and disease control.  Reuters

According to the Federal Taxpayer Receipt, health care programs utilize 22.45 percent of the American taxpayer’s income tax payment. While the two biggest expenditures are for Medicare and Medicaid, additional amounts of this percentage go toward health research, food safety, public health services and disease control.

Income Security

Income Security The U.S. government spends a little more than 17 percent to provide for various programs that aid those in need, including retirement benefits for federal employees, food and nutritional assistance, and Supplemental Security Income. The Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit are also funded from income tax revenue.  Reuters

The U.S. government spends a little more than 17 percent to provide for various programs that aid those in need, including retirement benefits for federal employees, food and nutritional assistance, and Supplemental Security Income. The Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit are also funded from income tax revenue.

Interest

Interest The national debt incurs a substantial amount of interest each year. Even at current low interest rates, about 8 percent of your income tax dollars go toward paying interest costs annually.  Reuters

The national debt incurs a substantial amount of interest each year. Even at current low interest rates, about 8 percent of your income tax dollars go toward paying interest costs annually.

Veterans’ Benefits

Veterans' Benefits The government cares for its military veterans and shows it by, among other things, devoting 4.5 percent of federal income tax to various benefits for former active-duty members. Income and housing support represent not quite half of the spending in this category, with health care expenditures nearly as high. The remainder goes for education, training and other benefits for former military personnel.  Reuters

The government cares for its military veterans and shows it by, among other things, devoting 4.5 percent of federal income tax revenue toward various benefits for former active-duty members. Income and housing support represent not quite half of the spending in this category, with health care expenditures nearly as high. The remainder goes for education, training and other benefits for former military personnel.

Education And Job Training

Education And Job Training What’s a country without education and job training? The U.S. government spends the majority of the 3.3 percent of income tax revenue for these two programs on funding education through the high school level. College financial aid, along with employment training for those with disabilities and more general job training and employment services for the broader public, take up the remainder.  Reuters

What’s a country without education and job training? The U.S. government spends the majority of the 3.3 percent of income tax revenue for these two programs on funding education through the high school level. College financial aid, along with employment training for those with disabilities and more general job training and employment services for the broader public, take up the remainder.

Law Enforcement And Immigration

Law Enforcement And Immigration Two percent of income tax revenue goes toward assuring the safety of American citizens, as well as the nation's immigration. These expenses help fund the nation's court system, as well as federal law enforcement agencies and the federal service that implements U.S. immigration policy.  Reuters

Two percent of income tax revenue goes toward assuring the safety of American citizens, as well as the nation's immigration. These expenses help fund the nation's court system, as well as federal law enforcement agencies and the federal service that implements U.S. immigration policy.

Natural Resources, Energy And Environment

Natural Resources, Energy And Environment Nearly 2 percent of revenue from income taxes is spent on various expenses related to the natural resources of the United States. About one-third of that money goes toward water and land management, with the remainder funding environmental protection initiatives, as well as management of the nation's energy assets and conservation efforts.  Reuters

Nearly two percent of revenue from income taxes is spent on various expenses related to the natural resources of the United States. About a third of that money goes toward water and land management, with the remainder funding environmental protection initiatives, as well as management of the nation's energy assets and conservation efforts.

International Affairs

International Affairs Money going toward international initiatives makes up about 1.7 percent of total income tax revenue. About half of that amount is spent on humanitarian and economic-development assistance, while the remainder is split among the costs of maintaining embassies and diplomatic missions and providing security assistance overseas.  Reuters

Money going toward international initiatives makes up about 1.7 percent of total income tax revenue. About half of that amount is spent on humanitarian and economic development assistance, while the remainder is split among the costs of maintaining embassies and diplomatic missions and providing security assistance overseas.

Science, Space And Technology

Science, Space And Technology A little more than 1 percent of income tax goes toward science-related programs. It’s no surprise that half of that amount goes to NASA, but additional recipients include the National Science Foundation, as well as various national laboratories and other research facilities.  Reuters

Slightly more than 1 percent of income tax revenues go toward science-related programs. It’s no surprise that half of that amount goes to NASA, but additional recipients include the National Science Foundation, as well as various national laboratories and other research facilities.

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