Issue Spotlight: What Our Federal Tax Dollars Support
The federal government collects taxes in order to finance various public services, including Social Security, national defense, and health care services. As federal policymakers and citizens weigh key decisions about revenues and expenditures, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center has put together resources from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities showing you what the federal government does with the money it collects.
Some of the nation’s wealthiest households are paying less in federal income taxes than 99 percent of Pennsylvania taxpayers, according an analysis by the Keystone Research Center and Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center.
At a time when Washington is cutting a wide array of critical services; from food for nursing women and infants to heating assistance for seniors, policymakers continue to look the other way when it comes to tax loopholes.
The Tax Foundation’s “Tax Freedom Day” report is plagued by serious methodological flaws. It is also misleading, presenting an average tax burden that is far more than what most Americans pay in federal taxes.