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farah stockman

What if we could choose where our taxes go?

This is the time of year I usually start thinking about filing my taxes. It’s late, I know. But I have a hard time facing it. All that paperwork is enough to make the most ardent liberal fantasize about a flat rate. The worst part is that no one ever lets you know what good your money does. You don’t even get an itemized receipt.

According to a tax calculator by a group called Third Way, here’s what my $22,000 in federal taxes bought last year: $4,462 worth of Social Security (not bad if it still exists when I’m old) and $4,436 for the military (I know I’m splurging, but those fighter jets aren’t going to build themselves).

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