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Texas is the Eleventh Biggest Net Loser of Federal Spending in 2013

Mar 28, 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, Texas is the eleventh biggest net loser of federal spending relative to federal taxes paid.

 

 

 

As shown in Chart 1, Texas paid $10,503 per person in federal taxes in FY 2013—this was -2 percent below the national average ($10,722 per person) and ranked as the 18th highest level in the country.

 

 Chart 1 Texas 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 Texas was $869 per person—this was above the national average of $865 per person by 0.5 percent and ranked as the 20th highest in the country.

 

  • Payroll Tax: The federal payroll tax paid in Texas was $2,688 per person—this was below the national average of $2,998 per person by -10 percent and ranked as the 32nd highest in the country.

 

  • Excise Taxes: Federal excise taxes paid in Texas was $287 per person—this was above the national average of $266 per person by 8 percent and ranked as the 15th highest in the country.

 

  • Estate and Gift Taxes: Federal estate and gift taxes paid in Texas was $43 per person—this was below the national average of $60 per person by -28 percent and ranked as the 19th highest in the country.

 

  • Custom Duties: Federal custom duties paid in Texas was $100 per person—this was below the national average of $101 per person by -0.2 percent and ranked as the 25th highest in the country.

 

  • Miscellaneous Taxes: Federal miscellaneous taxes paid in Texas was $324 per person—this was below the national average of $325 per person by -0.2 percent and ranked as the 25th highest in the country.

 

  • Deficit: The federal deficit, which is deferred taxation, accrued in Texas was $1,874 per person—this was below the national average of $1,944 per person by -4 percent and ranked as the 18th highest in the country.

 

On the other hand, as shown in Chart 2, Texas received $9,284 per person in federal spending in FY 2013—this was -13 percent below the national average ($10,722 per person) and ranked as the 8th lowest level in the country.

 

 Chart 2 Texas 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 Texas was $2,702 per person—this was below the national average of $3,318 per person by -19 percent and ranked as the 4th 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 Texas was $1,922 per person—this was below the national average of $2,500 by -23 percent and ranked as the 10th lowest in the country.

 

  • Grants to State and Local Governments: Federal grants to state and local governments (for example, Medicaid) in Texas was $1,371 per person—this was below the national average of $1,811 by -24 percent and ranked as the 9th lowest in the country.

 

  • Procurement: Federal procurement (for example, Department of Defense) in Texas was $1,554 per person—this was above the national average of $1,337 by 16 percent and ranked as the 16th highest in the country.

 

 

  • Interest on National Debt: Federal interest paid on the national debt in Texas was $597 per person—this below the national average of $699 by -15 percent and ranked as the 17th loweset in the country.

 

Overall, #Texas receives $0.88 in #federalspending for every $1.00 sent to Washington, D.C. in #federaltaxes. (Click to Tweet) As shown in Chart 3, Texas’s federal tax and spend ratio is the eleventh lowest in the country for 2013.

 

 Chart 3 Texas 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 Texas—though this was based on slightly older FY 2010 data.

 

 

The top 25 Texas counties with the highest federal tax and spending ratios include:

 

  • Potter County, TX ($4.54)
  • Bell County, TX ($4.26)
  • Hudspeth County, TX ($3.67)
  • Foard County, TX ($3.50)
  • Brooks County, TX ($3.25)
  • Hunt County, TX ($2.99)
  • Dickens County, TX ($2.81)
  • Collingsworth County, TX ($2.76)
  • Austin County, TX ($2.74)
  • Gonzales County, TX ($2.70)
  • Edwards County, TX ($2.68)
  • Knox County, TX ($2.67)
  • Briscoe County, TX ($2.60)
  • Hall County, TX ($2.56)
  • Cochran County, TX ($2.55)
  • Willacy County, TX ($2.53)
  • Duval County, TX ($2.47)
  • Jim Hogg County, TX ($2.47)
  • Fannin County, TX ($2.47)
  • Presidio County, TX ($2.39)
  • Cottle County, TX ($2.39)
  • Haskell County, TX ($2.37)
  • Red River County, TX ($2.34)
  • Motley County, TX ($2.33)
  • San Saba County, TX ($2.30)

 

The bottom 25 Texas counties with the lowest federal tax and spend ratios include: 

 

  • Fort Bend County, TX ($0.20)
  • Randall County, TX ($0.23)
  • Denton County, TX ($0.26)
  • Collin County, TX ($.030)
  • Montgomery County, TX ($0.33)
  • Rockwall County, TX ($0.34)
  • Midland County, TX ($0.37)
  • Brazoria County, TX ($0.42)
  • Hemphill County, TX ($0.45)
  • Williamson County, TX ($0.45)
  • Parker County, TX ($0.45)
  • Wise County, TX ($0.53)
  • Sutton County, TX ($0.54)
  • Hays County, TX ($0.54)
  • Chambers County, TX ($0.54)
  • Ellis County, TX ($0.55)
  • Kendall County, TX ($0.55)
  • Ochiltree County, TX ($0.56)
  • McMullen County, TX ($0.57)
  • Andrews County, TX ($0.58)
  • Moore County, TX ($0.61)
  • Hartley County, TX ($0.61)
  • Harris County, TX ($0.62)
  • Somervell County, TX ($0.62)
  • Johnson County, TX ($0.63)

 

More county detail for Texas 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.

 

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

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Wendy Warcholik

Dr. Wendy P. Warcholik has worked in public policy for nearly 20 years. She is currently the Director of the Family Prosperity Initiative at the American Conservative Union Foundation. She has also been at the Bureau of Economic Analysis, The Tax Foundation, and The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. She received her PhD in Economics from George Mason University (Fairfax, VA).


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