Where Your Taxes Went

This is where the federal government spent each one of your federal income tax dollars in 2011:


Once we pay our income taxes, they're designated by the U.S. Treasury as "federal funds," which means Congress and the president can use that money to fund just about any government activity. This chart shows how lawmakers decided to spend that money last year.

What do you think? How would you have spent that money if it were up to you? Leave a comment below and tell us about it.

We'll also give you a receipt for where your income taxes went, and show how federal income taxes appear on your paycheck.