Visualize how the government spends your tax dollars

  • March 3, 2011
  • Steve Wisinski, CPA, MAFF

DataViz Challenge is a collaberation between Eyebeam and Google (with data provided by ) to find a way to help taxpayers to visually understand just where you tax dollars ar going.  Click here for an example of a visual representation.  This visualization alone gives you a great understanding of just how much national defense and security costs as well as how much goes to interest.

Here’s a related graphic done by NPR’s Planet Money team that shows who are the largest holders of US debt.  On a side note, for those of you who listen to podcasts, I would highly recommend the Planet Money podcast.  They put out a podcast twice a week where they are able to bring the world of economics to you in a simple and straightforward way.  They are able to do it in a way that makes it enjoyable and engaging.  It is very well done.

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