The federal government collected $2.4 trillion in taxes in 2012. That's more than $200,000 for every American household, according to a breakdown of your tax dollars compiled by The Heritage Foundation.
But Washington actually spent $3.5 trillion last year, or nearly $30,000 per household. Just where does all that money we pay go? The Heritage Foundation breaks down your tax dollar using White House budget figures.
23 percent -- Medicare, Medicaid and other government-funded health care programs
22 percent -- Social Security
19 percent -- Veterans' benefits, income security through programs like unemployment pay, food and housing assistance and federal employee retirement and disability pay
19 percent -- National defense
7 percent -- All other spending
6 percent -- Net interest
3 percent -- Transportation
1 percent -- K-12 education
Click here to read more about The Heritage Foundation report. Click here for this year's White House Taxpayer Receipt, which breaks down your tax contributions according to your income level.