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Strings Attached to Federal Dollars.jpgIn Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, the U.S. Federal government collected $3,389,593,000,000, or $3.4 trillion, in taxes. The list of taxes include individual and corporate income taxes, payroll taxes, excise taxes, and death taxes to name a few.  This federal tax burden is equal to $10,722 for every man, woman, and child. Yet, the federal tax burden is not borne equally among the 50 states. The residents of Connecticut pay $17,648 per person while residents of Mississippi pay a much lower $6,695 per person.

At the same time, the U.S. Federal government spent $3,389,593,000,000, or $3.4 trillion. The list of spending includes retirement and disability (Social Security and Medicare), grants to state and local governments (Medicaid), procurement (Department of Defense and other federal agencies), salaries and wages (federal workers), and other direct payments (welfare). The residents of Maryland receive $17,446 in federal spending per person while residents of Utah receive on $8,137 in federal spending per person.

Overall, the federal tax and spend app below shows which areas of the country are winners or losers in this massive transfer of dollars by Uncle Sam. For instance, Kentucky is biggest winner for FY 2013 and receives $1.75 back in spending for every $1 sent to Washington, D.C. in taxes. On the other end of the spectrum, New Jersey only receives $0.65 in spending for every $1 paid in taxes.

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

Read more to better understand how federal taxes and spending impacts your state and/or county.

Be sure to check out our federal taxes and spending analysis by state: Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming


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