Two current and one former writer for The Joy of Tax Law are on a one-month USA road trip. We’ve been in national parks and rural areas from Maryland to Montana, so we apologize for the lack of posts. However, as long as we’ve got internet access for a minute and just finished touring Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park, we thought we’d post an Infographic about Congress’ wilderness record.
How do national parks relate to tax law? Well, a lot of ways actually, from property and estate taxes, to tax incentives for preservations, to charitable donations to the NPS and of course, because the national parks get their funding from taxpayers. The NPS budget is relatively small, at just 0.27% of U.S. discretionary spending.
In a taxpayer receipt calculate by a non-profit think tank, the average taxpayer paid just $4.25 for national parks. To put that in perspective, taxpayers contribute on average $10 for public housing, $46 for foreign aid, and $229 to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2009.
Is $4.25 of your tax bill worth it to you? The below infographic argues it should. As for us, we’re just enjoying taking the joy of tax law on the road.