Where Did My Tax Dollars Go?

In 2009, the IRS raked in a whopping $1,175,422,000,000 in individual taxes according to their site. So where do all our tax dollars go? The most common question is answered in interactive, compelling, and visual ways that break down how our tax dollars are spent via Google’s Data Viz challenge.

With over 40 entries, Anil Kandeangath took the crown and was awarded as the grand award winner for his app, “Where Did My Tax Dollars Go?

In the end, our jury selected Anil Kandangath’s “Where Did My Tax Dollars Go?” as our Grand Prize winner. As the jury noted, his entry is information-rich but elegantly designed, and at no point while interacting with the visualization do you lose the “big picture.” Anil’s entry is a great example of how data visualization can take boring, complicated, but critically important information and make it accessible to everyone. Congratulations, Anil. 

Check out other finalists and honorable mentions to get a different perspective on how your tax dollars are spent.

Google and Eyebeam Data Viz Challenge

Data Viz Challenge

The Challenge: Visualize how your individual federal income taxes are spent.

Google and Eyebeam have partnered with each other to challenge data visualization enthusiasts in the U.S. to create a compelling visual representation of how taxes are spent, using data from WhatWePayFor.com.

Eleven data visualization experts will be judging the visualizations based on the following:

  • Storytelling
  • Clarity
  • Relevance
  • Utility
  • Aesthetics

The winners will be announced on tax day, April 18, and will receive $10,000, and $5000 for the top submission.

When Google is involved, you know it’s going to be huge. I’m excited to see what people come up with!

Source: datavizchallenge.org