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April 15, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Interactive: Where do your federal taxes go?

William Brown / Op Art

William Brown / Op Art

Happy Tax Day.

Did you get a refund this year? Or were you like me and surprised you did not withhold quite enough in 2013 to avoid having Uncle Sam shake you down for a bit — or maybe a lot — more?

For many, Tax Day is a mindless ritual. We get that refund and spend it, forgetting it was our money all along. But admit it: When some citizens are forced to pay more by April 15, all those headlines about waste and fraud in government programs become a little more relevant. Even the most bleeding-heart liberals might think twice about where their dollars are going, and whether that money is being spent wisely.

No matter your feelings about this day, check out the taxpayer-receipt interactive below from the White House. Input your payments to Social Security, Medicare and income taxes in 2013. Know that half your taxes are paying for national defense and health care. Less than 3 percent is spent on education and job training.

What do you think? Is that how you want your money to be prioritized? Leave a comment.

[do action=”custom_iframe” url=”http://www.whitehouse.gov/embed-2013-taxreceipt” width=”630″ height=”1100″]

 

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