If you've generated a personalized tax receipt, you know how your tax dollars have been spent. But what if you could choose to allocate your tax dollars differently, in a way that reflects your own personal budget priorities? In three easy steps, estimate how much your state, city, congressional district, or county paid towards federal programs, choose what you would fund instead, and share your plan.
Due to the passage of a continuing resolution under which federal funding will be continued at fiscal year 2014 levels as of the beginning of the fiscal year on October 1, the numbers shown here continue to reflect fiscal year 2014 spending levels.
We generate trade-offs using enacted budget numbers for projected fiscal year 2014 as published by the White House Office of Management and Budget and costs published by various federal agencies. The localized numbers are calculated using our best approximation of individual income taxes paid by geographic area. These numbers are estimates only. For a full explanation of our sources and methodology, see the notes and sources page.
The numbers in Trade-Offs are projected total costs for a federal program through the end of the specified fiscal year. The numbers in the Cost of National Security counters are changing in real time to show how much has been spent on a program to date since the beginning of the fiscal year, unless otherwise specified.
Last Updated: 12/17/2014