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Is it worth it?

Check out the costs of proposed policies, tax breaks, and federal spending in the U.S. budget. Compare the annual or total cost with the cost per person, per taxpayer, or per household to see if you think it is worth it. See here for an explanation of policies. Click an item to share on social media.

Suspend the Payroll Tax for One Year

$1,100,000,000,000

$7,380 $3,342 $8,489
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Payroll Tax Cut of 2 Percentage Points

$150,000,000,000

$1,006 $456 $1,158
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Extend the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

$137,000,000,000

$919 $416 $1,057
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Border Wall Funding for 2020

$7,200,000,000

$48 $22 $56
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Space Force

$15,400,000,000

$103 $47 $119
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Index Capital Gains Tax to Inflation

$10,000,000,000

$67 $30 $77
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Repeal Estate Tax

$22,200,000,000

$149 $67 $171
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Biden Health Care Plan

$180,000,000,000

$1,208 $547 $1,389
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Biden Climate Plan

$170,000,000,000

$1,141 $517 $1,312
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Biden Housing Plan

$64,000,000,000

$429 $194 $494
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Biden Infrastructure Plan

$130,000,000,000

$872 $395 $1,003
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Biden Preschool and K-12 Plan

$85,000,000,000

$570 $258 $656
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Biden Post-Secondary Education Plan

$75,000,000,000

$503 $228 $579
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Paid Family and Medical Leave

$54,700,000,000

$367 $166 $422
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Universal Basic Income

$3,000,000,000,000

$20,128 $9,115 $23,152
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LIFT the Middle Class Act

$276,000,000,000

$1,852 $839 $2,130
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Green New Deal

$6,600,000,000,000

$44,281 $20,053 $50,934
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Increase Social Security Benefits by 5 Percent

$74,200,000,000

$498 $225 $573
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House Infrastructure Spending Plan

$152,000,000,000

$1,020 $462 $1,173
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Pension Reform

$10,000,000,000

$67 $30 $77
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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

$208,000,000,000

$1,396 $632 $1,605
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Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019

$153,000,000,000

$1,027 $465 $1,181
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2019 End of Year Tax Cuts Deal

$50,000,000,000

$335 $152 $386
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FY 2020 Spending Bill

$1,400,138,000,000

$9,394 $4,254 $10,805
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Defense and Military Benefits

$929,062,000,000

$6,233 $2,823 $7,170
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National Defense

$715,529,000,000

$4,801 $2,174 $5,522
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Veterans Services

$213,533,000,000

$1,433 $649 $1,648
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Foreign Aid and International Programs

$51,638,000,000

$346 $157 $399
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Foreign Aid/Humanitarian Assistance

$26,310,000,000

$177 $80 $203
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Other International Affairs

$25,328,000,000

$170 $77 $195
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Science, Space, and Technology

$34,036,000,000

$228 $103 $263
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NASA

$21,030,000,000

$141 $64 $162
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National Science Foundation

$7,572,000,000

$51 $23 $58
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Other Science, Space, and Technology

$5,434,000,000

$37 $17 $42
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Energy

$7,334,000,000

$49 $22 $57
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Natural Resources and Environment

$43,467,000,000

$292 $132 $335
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Environmental Protection Agency

$8,564,000,000

$57 $26 $66
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National Parks

$3,588,000,000

$24 $11 $28
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Other Natural Resources and Environment

$31,315,000,000

$210 $95 $242
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Farm Subsidies

$27,956,000,000

$188 $85 $216
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Education

$74,423,000,000

$499 $226 $574
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K-12 and Vocational Education

$42,865,000,000

$288 $130 $331
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Higher Education

$31,558,000,000

$212 $96 $244
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Health Care

$1,301,320,000,000

$8,731 $3,954 $10,043
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Medicare

$702,056,000,000

$4,710 $2,133 $5,418
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Medicaid

$424,620,000,000

$2,849 $1,290 $3,277
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Children's Health Insurance Program

$15,994,000,000

$107 $49 $123
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Premium Tax Credits for Individual Insurance Programs

$46,371,000,000

$311 $141 $358
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National Institutes of Health

$36,875,000,000

$247 $112 $285
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Centers for Disease Control

$8,173,000,000

$55 $25 $63
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Food and Drug Administration

$3,008,000,000

$20 $9 $23
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Other Health Care

$64,223,000,000

$431 $195 $496
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Income Security

$523,765,000,000

$3,514 $1,591 $4,042
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Food Stamps

$62,620,000,000

$420 $190 $483
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Child Nutrition

$29,203,000,000

$196 $89 $225
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Unemployment Compensation

$29,837,000,000

$200 $91 $230
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Supplemental Security Income

$60,861,000,000

$408 $185 $470
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Federal Civilian Retirement

$108,620,000,000

$729 $330 $838
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Housing Assistance

$51,929,000,000

$348 $158 $401
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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

$16,200,000,000

$109 $49 $125
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Earned Income Tax Credit

$59,946,000,000

$402 $182 $463
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Child Tax Credit

$28,896,000,000

$194 $88 $223
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Other Income Security

$75,653,000,000

$508 $230 $584
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Social Security

$1,099,789,000,000

$7,379 $3,341 $8,487
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Transportation

$98,997,000,000

$664 $301 $764
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Administration of Justice

$68,877,000,000

$462 $209 $532
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General Government

$44,068,000,000

$296 $134 $340
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Congressional Salaries

$150,000,000

$1 $0.5 $1
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Federal Emergency Management Administration

$18,458,000,000

$124 $56 $142
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Corporation for Public Broadcasting

$465,000,000

$3 $1 $4
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National Endowment for the Arts

$158,000,000

$1 $0.5 $1
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National Endowment for the Humanities

$159,000,000

$1 $0.5 $1
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Other General Government

$24,678,000,000

$166 $75 $190
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Interest on the Debt

$382,205,000,000

$2,564 $1,161 $2,950
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TOTAL 2020 SPENDING

$4,647,163,000,000

$31,179 $14,119 $35,863
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TOTAL 2020 REVENUE

$3,631,979,000,000

$24,368 $11,035 $28,029
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TOTAL 2020 DEFICIT

$1,015,184,000,000

$6,811 $3,084 $7,834
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Reduced Tax Rates on Capital Gains and Dividends

$171,300,000,000

$1,149 $520 $1,322
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Exclusion for Employer-Paid Health Insurance Premiums

$173,900,000,000

$1,167 $528 $1,342
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Preferential Tax Treatment of 401(k)s

$145,100,000,000

$974 $441 $1,120
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Child Tax Credit

$118,300,000,000

$794 $359 $913
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Preferential Tax Treatment of Defined Benefit Pensions

$96,500,000,000

$647 $293 $745
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Reduced Tax Rates on Foreign-Earned Multinational Business Income

$78,600,000,000

$527 $239 $607
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Accelerated Write-Offs for Business Equipment

$63,000,000,000

$423 $191 $486
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Earned Income Tax Credit

$71,400,000,000

$479 $217 $551
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Premium Tax Credits for Individual Insurance Programs

$53,200,000,000

$357 $162 $411
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Exclusion of Cafeteria Plan Benefits

$43,300,000,000

$291 $132 $334
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Pass-Through Deduction

$45,300,000,000

$304 $138 $350
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Exclusion of Capital Gains at Death

$40,900,000,000

$274 $124 $316
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Exclusion of Social Security Benefits

$39,100,000,000

$262 $119 $302
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Exclusion of Gains for Home Sales

$35,900,000,000

$241 $109 $277
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Charitable Deduction

$35,500,000,000

$238 $108 $274
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Exclusion for Municipal Bonds

$27,900,000,000

$187 $85 $215
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Mortgage Interest Deduction

$30,200,000,000

$203 $92 $233
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Tax Benefits for IRAs

$27,100,000,000

$182 $82 $209
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State and Local Tax Deduction

$22,500,000,000

$151 $68 $174
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Health Cost Deductions

$21,300,000,000

$143 $65 $164
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Higher Education Tax Credits

$18,300,000,000

$123 $56 $141
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Expensing for Small Businesses

$13,600,000,000

$91 $41 $105
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Exclusion of Life Insurance Benefits

$14,900,000,000

$100 $45 $115
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Research and Experimentation Credit

$13,600,000,000

$91 $41 $105
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Other Tax Expenditures

$140,200,000,000

$941 $426 $1,082
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