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Table 1

Personal Income Tax Paid To NASA In 2009
By Income Level

                     
    Adjusted Gross Income   Average Total Federal Income Tax Owed [1]   Average Amount Of Personal Income Tax That Funded NASA  
   
 
 
 
                     
    $1 to $5,000     $131     $0.35    
    $5,000 to $10,000     $200     $0.53    
    $10,000 to $15,000     $294     $0.78    
    $15,000 to $20,000     $517     $1.38    
    $20,000 to $25,000     $1,007     $2.68    
    $25,000 to $30,000     $1,483     $3.95    
    $30,000 to $40,000     $2,101     $5.60    
    $40,000 to $50,000     $3,031     $8.07    
    $50,000 to $75,000     $4,740     $12.62    
    $75,000 to $100,000     $7,326     $19.51    
    $100,000 to $200,000     $15,873     $42.27    
    $200,000 to $500,000     $55,475     $147.73    
    $500,000 to $1,000,000     $164,233     $437.36    
    $1,000,000 to $1,500,000     $304,944     $812.08    
    $1,500,000 to $2,000,000     $440,605     $1,173.35    
    $2,000,000 to $5,000,000     $762,877     $2,031.58    
    $5,000,00 to $10,000,000     $1,729,208     $4,604.97    
    $10,000,000 or more     $6,551,008     $17,445.67    
                     
                     
 

On average in 2009:

  • If your adjusted gross income was less than $75,000, you paid less than $13 to NASA.
    78% of those who filed had an AGI less than $75,000.
  • If your adjusted gross income was less than $50,000, you paid less than $9 to NASA.
    64% of those who filed had an AGI less than $50,000.
  • If your adjusted gross income was less than $30,000, you paid less than $4 to NASA.
    46% of those who filed had an AGI less than $30,000.
 

 

 

 

 

Table 2

Percentage Of Personal Income Tax That
Funded NASA In 2009

 
         
  Total federal outlays minus FICA (Medicare and Social Security) [2] :   $2,404,621,000,000  
  Total personal federal income tax owed [1] :     $865,948,695,000  
  Percentage of federal outlays (minus FICA) funded from personal income tax :     36.0 %  
  Percentage of federal outlays (minus FICA) spent on NASA (Table 3) :   0.74 %  
  Percentage of personal income tax spent on NASA (36.0% x 0.74%) :     0.27 %  
         

 

 

Table 3

Recent Federal Outlays
(in billions of dollars)

                                               
  Year   Total Federal Outlays [2]   Total Federal Outlays Minus FICA [2]   NASA
Outlays 
  Percentage of Federal Outlays
Spent on NASA
  Percentage of Federal Outlays
(Minus FICA)
Spent on NASA
  Defense Outlays [2]   Percentage of Federal Outlays
(Minus FICA)
Spent on Defense
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  2011   $3,603     $2,387     $18.4 [g]     0.51%     0.77%     $705.6     29.57%    
  2010   $3,456     $2,298     $18.7 [f]     0.54%     0.81%     $693.6     30.18%    
  2009   $3,518     $2,405     $17.8 [e]     0.51%     0.74%     $661.0     27.49%    
  2008   $2,983     $1,975     $17.4 [d]     0.58%     0.88%     $616.1     31.20%    
  2007   $2,729     $1,767     $16.3 [c]     0.60%     0.92%     $551.3     31.20%    
  2006   $2,655     $1,777     $16.6 [b]     0.63%     0.94%     $521.8     29.37%    
  2005   $2,472     $1,650     $16.1 [a]     0.65%     0.97%     $495.3     30.02%    
                                               

 

Chart 1

2009 Federal Spending Compared
To NASA Spending
[2][e]
(in billions of dollars)

Federal Spending

 

 

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SOURCES
 
1. IRS.gov - Individual Complete Report (Publication 1304), Table 1.1
2. whitehouse.gov, Office of Management and Budget, Table 3.1 - Outlays by Superfunction and Function: 1940–2017
a. NASA President's FY 2006 Budget Request
b. NASA President's FY 2007 Budget Request
c. NASA FY 2009 Budget Request Summary
d. NASA FY 2010 Budget Request Summary
e. NASA FY 2011 Budget Request Summary
f. NASA President's FY 2012 Budget Request Detail
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