In his 2011 State of the Union Address, President Obama promised that American taxpayers would receive a Federal Taxpayer Receipt, which details how and where your tax dollars are being spent.
Let's take a look at the average married family with two children earning $80,000 and assume this family contributes 5 percent of its wage income to a 401(k) or IRA, doesn't itemize, and claims the Child Tax Credit.
This family paid close to $10,500 in taxes in 2013. Just under $5,000 was paid to Social Security and $1,160 went to Medicare tax. The remaining $4,341 was income tax and went to various government programs. This is how it breaks down:
- 24.79 percent went to national defense, including military salaries, ongoing operations and defense-related activities.
- 25.19 percent went to health care, including Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program, health research and food safety, as well as disease control and public health services.
- 18.77 percent went to job and family security, including Federal military and civilian employee retirement and disability, food and nutrition assistance, and the earned income, Making Work Pay and child tax credits.
- 8.44 percent went to net interest, including interest on Treasury debt securities.
- 5.44 percent went to veteran benefits, including health care, education and housing.
- 4.98 percent went to additional government programs, including transportation, mortgage credit and governmental administration.
- 2.85 percent went to education and job training, including elementary, secondary and vocational education.
- The remaining 9.54 percent went to natural resources, energy and environment, international affairs, science and space, immigration and law enforcement, agriculture, response to natural disasters and community development programs.