Monday, April 18, 2011

You Forgot Your Receipt

Do you know how much you paid in taxes this year? Do you know how much you paid for each part of government? You can find out here!

I agree that we should get one of these after filing every tax return.

(You can also calculate what your real tax rate is, with simple division.)

Update: Writers at Slate don't think reciepts will do much good to correct the wildly inaccurate assumptions most Americans make about where their tax dollars go.

I know that I've argued with my Mother for more than a decade about the "bloated" cost of foreign aid.



Eric said...
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Dante said...

I love it. I'd love to see it taken further. I'd like a second column that shows in proportion to your tax bill how much of a shortfall we have for each item based on what is spent vs what is funded. I'd also like to see a third column for any proposed tax bill or spending cut that will show the potential change in your receipt. Regarding those new cuts, how do they affect our receipt?

Taxation should be transparent. Giving a receipt on federal income tax will move us closer to that goal.

patsbrother said...

For the first time, I'm actually somewhat appalled at the welfare state. Does this website mean what I think it means?

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

I have no idea. I stopped trying to read your mind a long, long time ago, kiddo.