The U.S. national debt now tops 18 trillion dollars—more than twice what it was in 2004. The numbers are unprecedented, and yet the experts are not optimistic that we will reestablish economic solvency anytime soon. So what does this mean for you?

To personalize the impact of these staggering figures, on August 31, 2010, Independent Institute launched MyGovCost.org and its Government Cost Calculator, an online tool that allows anyone to estimate their lifetime federal tax liability and their implied contribution to a host of federal spending categories. The calculator’s formulas draw on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S Census Bureau, and Congressional Budget Office (for technical details, please see our Methodology page). Our calculator also enables taxpayers to see what they could have earned if their money wasn’t claimed by the tax collector, but instead earned for them a historic stock-market return of 6 percent.

Since our launch, we have expanded our website to include a huge archive of analysis and commentary at MyGovCost News & Blog. On April 14, 2014, we announced the release of our free mobile app. On July 6, 2015, we released our satirical video series, Love Gov: From First Date to Mandate. Like what you see? Please us help spread the word!

MyGovCost.org is made possible by the generosity of our Independent Associate Members. If you have questions not addressed in our FAQ or on our technical please contact us for more information.

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