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For a state-by-state breakdown of where tax dollars went, visit www.nationalpriorities.org.

WILKES-BARRE — April 15 is here, and that means today is the deadline to file federal income taxes.

But have you ever wondered just where that money goes?

The National Priorities Project (NPP) data break it down to show you where.

NPP’s website shows data for each state, including average federal income taxes paid in each state. NPP spokeswoman Jasmine Tucker said each state’s tax receipt looks at IRS data and spending data from the federal government to show how much each individual has spent.

Tucker said it gives citizens an idea of where — and how — their tax dollars are used.

“I think it’s really interesting that they can see more personalized data,” she said. “This breaks it down into terms that people can really understand.”

NPP has been presenting tax data since 2010. Tucker said people tend to be “shocked” by certain things, such as military spending despite the pullout of troops from wars overseas. She also said people tend to be shocked that “we’re paying 2 pennies per every dollar on education.”

Pennsylvania’s average taxes amount to $10,714 for the 2013 federal income tax receipt, $1,001 less than the national average.

Here is how some of that $10,714 collected in the state is spent:

• Military: $2,903.03 (including $74.53 for nuclear weapons).

• Health: $2,435.07 (including $1,042.59 for Medicaid and $39.19 for the Children’s Health Insurance Program).

• Unemployment and labor: $1,048.61 (including $65.89 for temporary assistance for needy families and $28.15 for job training and employment programs).

• Veterans benefits: $541.42 (including $20.41 for pensions).

• Food and agriculture: $540.61 (including $26.09 for WIC, the food program for children).

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