Your taxes at work

A look at the federal government’s spending priorities

April 17 is income tax day. What the heck does that money buy? The chart above shows how the federal government spends its tax revenues, as broken down per dollar, according to the National Priorities Project. The NPP is a self-described “national non-profit, non-partisan research organization dedicated to making complex federal budget information transparent and accessible so people can prioritize and influence how their tax dollars are spent.”

Source: The National Priorities Project at