2017 the United States Average Federal Income Taxes Paid

The average taxpayer in the United States paid $14,520 in federal income taxes in 2017. See where that money went.

the United States
Health $4,328.19
* Includes $1,871.13 for Medicaid
* Includes $1,662.10 for Medicare
* Includes $156.88 for National Institutes of Health
* Includes $81.02 for Children's Health Insurance Program
Military $3,455.56
* Includes $1,600.68 for Military Contractors
* Includes $722.62 for Military Personnel
* Includes $239.67 for Lockheed Martin
* Includes $102.29 for Nuclear Weapons
Interest on Debt $2,062.49
Unemployment and Labor $1,077.54
* Includes $298.38 for Earned Income Tax Credit*
* Includes $79.77 for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
* Includes $15.90 for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Veterans Benefits $876.11
* Includes $425.48 for Income Support
* Includes $358.60 for Veterans Health Administration
Food and Agriculture $592.04
* Includes $350.31 for SNAP (food stamps)
* Includes $112.22 for School Lunch & other food programs
Education $579.87
* Includes $424.44 for Federal Student Aid
* Includes $112.38 for Elementary and Secondary Education
Government $569.96
* Includes $100.46 for Immigration & Border Control
* Includes $78.82 for Internal Revenue Service
* Includes $34.78 for Federal Prisons
Housing and Community $318.74
* Includes $250.85 for Affordable Housing Programs
* Includes $75.25 for Disaster Relief & Insurance
Energy and Environment $197.96
* Includes $39.33 for Environmental Protection Agency
* Includes $16.04 for National Park Service
International Affairs $189.83
* Includes $132.46 for Department of State
* Includes $51.15 for Foreign Aid
Science $151.85
* Includes $90.26 for NASA
* Includes $35.82 for National Science Foundation
Transportation $119.85
* Includes $49.06 for U.S. Coast Guard
* Includes $25.63 for Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

TOTAL $14,520

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Numbers may not add up due to rounding
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