Where Do My Taxes Go?

Easily shows how much of your tax $$ goes to each govt 🏛dept

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Where Do My Taxes Go? is a simple web app that tells you just where your money goes AFTER you've paid your taxes. A simple table shows you department by department how much of your money gets allocated around the government.

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Jacob Whitish
Jacob WhitishMaker@whitishj · Learning to code for fun.
Hey PH! Jacob here from WhereDoMyTaxesGo! I started learning to code on January 1st, 2018 and this is my first real site that i've built without any tutorials or help - just figuring it out as I went! Two years ago, this idea came out of a barroom debate on how much tax money gets split up between different governmental departments. Fast forward to today, and WhereDoMyTaxesGo is a cool little web app that takes your gross income and the state you live in, calculates a rough amount of taxes you pay, and then shows you how much of your tax dollars get dolled out to each government department in the proposed 2019 budget. I know it's not quite perfect, but for a first product to put out there, I think it's pretty fun! I'm happy to answer any questions that you might have and am excited to hear what you all think! 🙏
Lama Al Rajih
Lama Al Rajih@lamaalrajih
Wow, 0% of taxes go to emergency funds. Nice to know Virginia is prepared for a disaster. Great project, @whitishj! I'd recommend you change the computer from "Total Income" to "Pre-tax income" to just to make it clearer :)
Jacob Whitish
Jacob WhitishMaker@whitishj · Learning to code for fun.
@lamaalrajih Thank you! That's a good idea! I'll add it to my improvements list 😃
Jacob Whitish
Jacob WhitishMaker@whitishj · Learning to code for fun.
@lamaalrajih Update: done 😄
Ayush Chandra@ayush_chandra · Research Intern & Tech Evangelist
Great job!! 😊 I guess this work only in Us , want you to expand everywhere
Jacob Whitish
Jacob WhitishMaker@whitishj · Learning to code for fun.
@ayush_chandra Thank you! I'm definitely planning on adding more countries. Some are harder than others depending on the available information on government budgets, but i'll definitely keep adding as much as i can!
Luana Cavalcanti
Luana Cavalcanti@brazilianexpat · UX/UI designer
Just realised it only works for the US...
Jacob Whitish
Jacob WhitishMaker@whitishj · Learning to code for fun.
@brazilianexpat Unfortunately yes... for now. It was the easiest budget data that I was able to get my hands on. Definitely planning on adding more countries in the future though!
Edouard Reinach
Edouard Reinach@edouardreinach
Would be cool if you could read The Fifth Risk and updat accordingly to educate people about what those dept do for the public :)
Jacob Whitish
Jacob WhitishMaker@whitishj · Learning to code for fun.
@edouardreinach That's a fair point. Knowledge without understanding is a dangerous thing, but then so is ignorance. I hadn't heard of that book before, but will have to add it to my reading list! There's a lot more information that I want to add to the site, so definitely will think on how best to make sure that the importance/functions of those departments are properly reflected. Maybe a little popover/hover info box for each item?