2015 the United States Average Federal Income Taxes Paid

The average taxpayer in the United States paid $12,978 in federal income taxes in 2015. See where that money went.

the United States
Health $3,722.61
* Includes $1,699.36 for Medicaid
* Includes $44.86 for Children's Health Insurance Program
Pentagon & Military $3,293.54
* Includes $705.50 for Military Personnel
* Includes $90.82 for Nuclear Weapons
Interest on Debt $1,773.05
Unemployment and Labor $1,039.17
* Includes $77.46 for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
* Includes $29.40 for Job Training and Employment Programs
Veterans Benefits $769.96
* Includes $338.75 for Payments for disability, death, etc.
* Includes $308.69 for Veterans Health Administration
Food and Agriculture $597.72
* Includes $369.94 for SNAP (food stamps)
* Includes $35.34 for Federal Crop Insurance
Education $460.81
* Includes $153.48 for Pell Grants, Work Study, and other Student Aid
* Includes $108.84 for Elementary and Secondary Education
Government $376.86
* Includes $61.24 for U.S. Customs and Border Protection
* Includes $34.23 for Federal Prison System
Housing and Community $249.60
* Includes $48.46 for Head Start and Related
* Includes $9.23 for Homeless Assistance Grants
Energy and Environment $207.33
* Includes $42.00 for Environmental Protection Agency
* Includes $9.12 for Energy efficiency and renewable energy
International Affairs $193.96
* Includes $38.57 for Diplomatic and consular programs
* Includes $33.62 for Global Health Programs
Transportation $150.43
* Includes $25.04 for Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
* Includes $5.50 for Federal Aviation Administration
Science $142.96
* Includes $85.96 for NASA
* Includes $33.03 for National Science Foundation

TOTAL $12,978

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Numbers may not add up due to rounding
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