All citizens must pay taxes, and by doing so, contribute their fair share to the health of the government and national economy.
The federal taxes you pay are used by the government to invest in technology and education, and to provide goods and services for the benefit of the American people.
The three biggest categories of expenditures are:
- Defense and security
- Social security
- Major health programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid
Interest on the national debt and various safety net programs such as low-income assistance comprise a sizable chunk of national expenditures, while other categories such as transportation and infrastructure spending round out the government budget.