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Test Yourself: How Much Does Government Really Cost?

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Even for people who work for Uncle Sam, it can be hard to get a handle on the $4 trillion federal budget.

Just in time for Tax Day, our colleagues at The Atlantic have devised a game to test Americans’ knowledge of where their tax dollars actually go. It involves making rapid-fire judgments about which federal agencies have bigger budgets. It’s addictive, and harder than you might think.

The quiz is fleshed out with monetary facts that put agencies’ budgets in perspective relative to a family’s typical spending. (The Veterans Affairs Department, for example costs each American $499.27, or roughly the price of an iPad Air.)

Are you ready to test your spending knowledge? Follow the link below to play the game:

Where Do U.S. Taxes Actually Go?

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Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.

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