(CNN) – A tax bill can be a big headache. Unlike most bills, it may be hard to know exactly what you’re paying for; but the folks at the National Priorities Project broke it down based on projections by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.
In 2015, the federal budget was $4.2-trillion. About half of that comes from your income taxes. The NPP looked at that budget and saw how much was spent where.
More than 50 percent of your taxes fund 2 areas; health and safety. The biggest spender were health programs. Those took up more than 28 percent of the budget.
Next in line, the pentagon and the military. Spending a little more than 25 percent of the budget. The other chunk of the budget, 13 percent goes to pay interest on our debt.
Everything else gets a smaller piece of the pie. Unemployment and labor programs account for 8 percent, veteran’s benefits take up 5 percent, more than 4 percent pays for food and agriculture, 3 percent pay for education programs, and government expenses eat away at about 3 percent.
All the rest get less than 2 percent each of the budget, and that includes housing and community programs, energy and environmental programs, international affairs programs, transportation funding, and last, but not least, science funding.
So now you know just where your money goes. If you want to see down to the penny what your specific income taxes paid for, check out the NPP’s federal tax receipt calculator at nationalpriorities.org.