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2013 federal income taxes paid by Massachusetts residents

A look at 2013 federal income taxes paid by Massachusetts residents:

1. What percentage of the average federal income taxes paid in Massachusetts in 2013 went to education?

$315.91 of the $15,552 the average taxpayer in Massachusetts paid in federal income taxes in 2013 went to education. This included Includes $194.34 for pell grants, work study, and other student aid.

2. The largest chunk of federal income taxes paid in Massachusetts in 2013 went to...

Of the $15,552 paid, $4,214 -- or 27 percent -- went to military, including $108 for nuclear weapons.

3. What percentage of the average federal income taxes paid in Massachusetts in 2013 was interest on debt?

About 14 percent was interest on debt. That amount is about 10 times what went to transportation.

4. What received a bigger chunk of money?

Veterans benefits received more than Food and Agriculture, but only by $1.17. They each received 5.05 percent of the total $15,552.

5. What percentage of the average federal income taxes paid in Massachusetts in 2013 went to science?

Military
$4,213.91
27.10%
Health
$3,534.65
22.73%
Unemployment and Labor
$1,522.12
9.79%
Veterans Benefits
$785.90
5.05%
Food and Agriculture
$784.73
5.05%
Government
$707.50
4.55%
Housing and Community
$620.88
3.99%
Education
$315.91
2.03%
Energy and Environment
$288.40
1.85%
International Affairs
$235.25
1.51%
Transportation
$211.54
1.36%
Science
$174.30
1.12%
Interest on debt
$2,156.81
13.87%
  • Less than $9,000
  • $9,000 to $9,999
  • $10,000 to $11,999
  • $12,000 to $14,999
  • $15,000 or more

SOURCES: IRS, nationalpriorities.org

Patrick Garvin, Luke Knox/Globe Staff

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