National Defense is Where Much of Your Other Tax Dollars Go

National Defense is Where Most of Your Other Tax Dollars Go You’ve figured out your total federal income tax bill — not including the payroll taxes that already went to Social Security and Medicare — and you wondering where those tax dollars are going.
Wonder no more. The biggest cut of your taxes goes to national defense — military salaries, benefits, ongoing operations, supplies and much more.
H&R Block created the graphic below to illustrate how an average taxpayer’s share is allocated, based on a married couple with a child earning $65,000 in 2011 (the last tax year for which these breakdowns are available).
Click on the graphic to see what portion of this hypothetical family’s $5,495 tax bill (on top of the $3,673 in social security and Medicare taxes that were withheld from their paychecks) went to which government program.
The White House has released a tool that breaks down how tax dollars are spent, based on current federal spending.
Here’s a sneak preview of the top three categories: National Defense (24.9%); Health Care (23.7%); Job and Education and Job Training (19.1%)

How is your tax dollar spent? via H&R Block

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