Where does your federal income tax go?

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Tue, April 15 2014 at 1:13 PM, Updated: Tue, April 15 2014 at 7:03 PM

Phoenix, Ore. -- Where does your Federal Income Tax really go?

It's the last day to file and peace activists are protesting government waste. Activists positioned at several Rogue Valley post office buildings passed out leaflets claiming excessive military waste. 

"Our leaflet throws in the interest and debt accrued on past military spending and wars. People can figure different it ways but it's an amazing amount of money and very wasteful." said Herbert Rothschild with Peace House.

The White House website puts the total spending of National Defense at 24.78%-  less than a quarter slice of the whole fiscal budget pie.

Peace activist say it's more like 45% of the total budget when you account for other military investments like the nuclear program and military construction which fall under different congressional budgets.

Congress is in the process of dividing up the 2015 budget with includes close to 500 billion for the department of defense.

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