Your 2014 Taxpayer Receipt
Want to know how your federal tax dollars are being spent?
Enter a few pieces of information below, and get a breakdown of how your tax dollars are being spent on priorities like education, veterans benefits, and health care. Here are all the numbers you need:
- Social Security Tax: This amount should be on your W-2 form in box 4, labeled "Social Security tax withheld."
- Medicare Tax: This amount should be on your W-2 form in box 6, labeled "Medicare tax withheld."
- Income Tax: This isn't the additional amount you owe (if any) on April 15, but rather the total amount of federal income taxes for 2014 — amounts already withheld from your paycheck during 2014, plus any additional amount paid on April 15, or minus any refund you applied for on April 15. This amount should be on your income tax return, line 11 of Form 1040EZ or line 55 of Form 1040.
Click here to learn about the categories listed in the income tax section
Spending on military personnel, operations, procurement, and other activities critical to our national defense.
(corresponds to budget function 050)
Spending on Medicare Supplementary Medical Insurance and the prescription drug benefit, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, food safety, disease control, and other health care activities. Excludes spending from Medicare taxes. Military health care is included under "National Defense," and health care for veterans is included under "Veterans Benefits."
(corresponds to budget functions 550 and 570)
Job and Family Security
Spending on unemployment insurance, food assistance, relevant tax credits, and other programs designed for income security. Excludes spending from unemployment insurance taxes.
(corresponds to budget function 600)
Education and Job Training
Spending on financial aid, special education, job training, and other educational and job activities.
(corresponds to budget function 500)
Spending on benefits for veterans, including health care, disability compensation, pension, education, and home loans.
(corresponds to budget function 700)
Natural Resources, Energy, and Environment
Spending on water management, energy supply, pollution control, and other activities related to natural resources, energy, and the environment.
(corresponds to budget functions 270 and 300)
Spending on embassies, exchange activities, humanitarian assistance, and other activities related to international affairs.
(corresponds to budget function 150)
Science, Space, and Technology Programs
Spending on general science, basic research, and space flight.
(corresponds to budget function 250)
Immigration, Law Enforcement, and Administration of Justice
Spending on border security, immigration, enforcement, litigation, the federal judiciary, and other activities related to the administration of justice.
(corresponds to budget function 750)
Spending on agricultural activities, including research, crop insurance, and agricultural subsidies.
(corresponds to budget function 350)
Community, Area, and Regional Development
Spending on activities to strengthen communities, including the Community Development Fund. Other major accounts are Operation of Indian Programs, the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, and the Rural Water and Waste Disposal Program Account.
(corresponds to budget subfunctions 451 and 452)
Response to Natural Disasters
Spending on natural disaster response and insurance, including Small Business Administration disaster loans and FEMA grants.
(corresponds to budget subfunction 453)
Additional Government Programs
Spending on all other government programs, including transportation, promotion of commerce, mortgage credit, and governmental administration. Excludes spending from Social Security and Highway Trust Fund taxes.
Spending on interest, including interest on Treasury debt securities.
(corresponds to budget function 900)
The amounts are based on the percentage of overall federal spending for each category in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget. There are key federal programs, such as Social Security, Medicare Hospital Insurance, unemployment insurance, and highway and mass transit spending, that are paid for with dedicated funding sources independent of federal income tax payments. If the cost of these programs exceeds the amount of funding, the difference covered by your income tax dollars is shown on the tax receipt.
Even including revenue from these sources, federal government spending has exceeded its revenue since 2002. This difference is known as the budget deficit, which was $483 billion in 2014.
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