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Nevada is the Eighth Biggest Net Loser of Federal Spending in 2013

Mar 15, 2016


In the course of collecting taxes and spending money, the federal government inevitably creates “winners” and “losers” across the American landscape. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, Nevada is the eighth biggest net loser of federal spending relative to federal taxes paid.

 

 

 

As shown in Chart 1, Nevada paid $9,938 per person in federal taxes in FY 2013—this was -7 percent below the national average ($10,722 per person) and ranked as the 26th highest level in the country.

 

 Chart 1 Nevada Federal Taxes Per Capita by State Fiscal Year 2013.jpg

 

Federal Taxes by Type in FY 2013:

 

 

  • Corporate Income Tax: The federal corporate income tax paid in Nevada was $799 per person—this was below the national average of $865 per person by -8 percent and ranked as the 29th highest in the country.

 

  • Payroll Tax: The federal payroll tax paid in Nevada was $2,579 per person—this was below the national average of $2,998 per person by -14 percent and ranked as the 14th lowest in the country.

 

  • Excise Taxes: Federal excise taxes paid in Nevada was $255 per person—this was below the national average of $266 per person by -4 percent and ranked as the 11th lowest in the country.

 

  • Estate and Gift Taxes: Federal estate and gift taxes paid in Nevada was $30 per person—this was below the national average of $60 per person by -50 percent and ranked as the 16th lowest in the country.

 

  • Custom Duties: Federal custom duties paid in Nevada was $90 per person—this was below the national average of $101 per person by -11 percent and ranked as the 17th lowest in the country.

 

  • Miscellaneous Taxes: Federal miscellaneous taxes paid in Nevada was $290 per person—this was below the national average of $325 per person by -11 percent and ranked as the 17th lowest in the country.

 

  • Deficit: The federal deficit, which is deferred taxation, accrued in Nevada was $1,842 per person—this was below the national average of $1,944 per person by -5 percent and ranked as the 20th highest in the country.

 

On the other hand, as shown in Chart 2, Nevada received $8,152 per person in federal spending in FY 2013—this was -24 percent below the national average ($10,722 per person) and ranked as the 2nd lowest level in the country.

 

 Chart 2 Nevada Federal Spending Per Capita by State Fiscal Year 2013.jpg

 

Federal Spending by Type in FY 2013:

 

  • Retirement and Disability: Federal retirement and disability payments (for example, Social Security and federal civilian and military retirement) in Nevada was $3,059 per person—this was below the national average of $3,318 per person by -8 percent and ranked as the 7th lowest in the country (see our unique app showing federal pension data).

 

  • Other Direct Payments: Federal other direct payments (for example, Medicare and the Earned Income Tax Credit) in Nevada was $1,469 per person—this was below the national average of $2,500 by -41 percent and ranked as the lowest in the country.

 

  • Grants to State and Local Governments: Federal grants to state and local governments (for example, Medicaid) in Nevada was $1,086 per person—this was below the national average of $1,811 by -40 percent and ranked as the 3rd lowest in the country.

 

  • Procurement: Federal procurement (for example, Department of Defense) in Nevada was $1,060 per person—this was below the national average of $1,337 by -21 percent and ranked as the 23rd highest in the country.

 

 

  • Interest on National Debt: Federal interest paid on the national debt in Nevada was $735 per person—this above the national average of $699 by 5 percent and ranked as the 19th highest in the country.

 

Overall, #Nevada receives $0.82 in #federalspending for every $1.00 sent to Washington, D.C. in #federaltaxes. (Click to Tweet) As shown in Chart 3, Nevada’s federal tax and spend ratio is the eighth lowest in the country for 2013.

 

 Chart 3 Nevada Federal Tax and Spending Ratios by State Fiscal Year 2013.jpg

 

Of course, federal taxes paid and federal spending received do not flow evenly throughout the state. As such, we have also calculated the federal tax and spending ratios for every county in Nevada—though this was based on slightly older FY 2010 data.

 

 

The top eight Nevada counties (there are only 18 counties in Nevada) with the highest federal tax and spending ratios include:

 

  • Mineral County, NV ($3.94)
  • Carson City, NV ($3.16)
  • Esmeralda County, NV ($2.04)
  • Lincoln County, NV ($1.69)
  • Churchill County, NV ($1.65)
  • Nye County, NV ($1.16)
  • White Pine County, NV ($1.10)

 

The bottom ten Nevada counties with the lowest federal tax and spend ratios include: 

 

  • Storey County, NV ($0.35)
  • Elko County, NV ($0.48)
  • Douglas County, NV ($0.50)
  • Eureka County, NV ($0.56)
  • Lander County, NV ($0.62)
  • Humboldt County, NV ($0.64)
  • Clark County, NV ($0.67)
  • Washoe County, NV ($0.84)
  • Lyon County, NV ($0.88)
  • Pershing County, NV ($0.93)

 

More county detail for Nevada is shown in the color-coded map below.

 

Note: The data is based on the federal fiscal year that runs from September 1 to October 30.

 

Click here to view our full federal tax and spending data app with details by state, by county, by type of tax and spending, and over time.

 

 Nevada Federal Tax and Spending Ratios by County FY 2010.jpg

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J. Scott Moody

J. Scott Moody has nearly 20 years experience as a public policy economist with a specialty in tax policy and has over 180 publications. He has worked for numerous national and state-based think tanks such as the American Conservative Union Foundation, Federalism In Action, Tax Foundation, Heritage Foundation, and The Maine Heritage Policy Center.


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