Summary of Total U.S. Debt & Interest As of May 2020

Every so often the public collectively wonders how much the United States owes in debt. Well, here it is in this TaxAssurances YouTube video. As of 04/30/2020 the United States owes $24,974,171,868,164.35 to various individuals and organizations. That’s trillion with a T.

Here’s a link to the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY that provides up to date information about the public national debt. https://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/debt/current

Also, here’s how that debt has grown since September of 2000 as also provided by the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY. https://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/pd/histdebt/histdebt_histo5.htm

It’s worth noting that with this debt their is interest that the United States pays. Last year the United States spent a total of $4.4 trillion for the full fiscal year. Of that spending, roughly 13% or $573 billion was spent on just the interest we have on that $24.9 trillion in debt.

Here is the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY report that summarizes our total spending by various categories (page 9 of 40). It’s entitled, “Final Monthly Treasury Statement, Receipts and Outlays of the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2019 Through September 30, 2019 and Other Periods.” https://www.fiscal.treasury.gov/files/reports-statements/mts/mts0919.pdf

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Source: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY.

America’s Expenses, Income & Debt for 2016 – 2017

For fiscal years 2016 and 2017 (October 2016 – September 2017), the U.S. federal government spent $3.98 Trillion to pay its bills (I.e. Military, Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, Education etc.). Here’s how much of it was spent:

Medicare/Medicaid (Dept. of Health & Human Services)  – $1.1 Trillion

Social Security  – $1 Trillion

Dept. of Defense  – $568 Billion

Dept. of Treasury INTEREST ONLY on our Debt – $457 Billion

Those four “items” alone account for roughly $.79 for every $1 spent by the federal government.

The other roughly $.21 combined spending goes for everything else including Education, Veterans, Homeland Security, Housing & Urban Development, Transportation, Energy, Agriculture, Environmental Protection.

Income

The federal government also collected roughly $3.31 Trillion from taxpayers (I.e. Your paycheck).

Here’s the full Department of Treasury report for both expenses and income.

Debt

Finally, over the years, the federal government has borrowed money to take care of its needs. Currently, it owes over $20.4 Trillion on its “credit cards” and “loans” combined (national debt).

Here is a real time total of what the federal government owes and who it owes it to.

As stated earlier, in the 2016 – 2017 fiscal year, the federal government used the taxes we paid to pay $457 Billion in INTEREST ONLY on the total amount it owes.

Here’s how much the national debt has grown since 2000:

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America’s Expenses, Income & Debt for 2015

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In 2015, the federal government spent close to $3.7 Trillion to pay its bills (I.e. Military, Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, Education etc.). Here’s how much of it was spent:

* Medicare/Medicaid  – $1 Trillion ($.27 for every $1 spent)

* Social Security  – $944 Billion ($.26 for every $1 spent)

* Dept. of Defense  – $562 Billion ($.15 for every $1 spent)

* Dept. of Treasury INTEREST ONLY on our Debt – $402 Billion ($.11 for every $1 spent)

Those four “items” alone account for $.79 for every $1 spent by the federal government.

The other $.21 combined spending goes for everything else including Education, Veterans, Homeland Security, Housing & Urban Development, Transportation, Energy, Agriculture, Environmental Protection.

Budget

Department of Treasury related link

Income

The federal government also collected roughly $3.2 Trillion from taxpayers (I.e. Your paycheck).

Here’s the breakdown

Debt

Finally, over the years, the federal government has borrowed money to take care of its needs. Currently, it owes over $19 Trillion on its “credit cards” and “loans” combined (national debt).

Here is a real time total of what the federal government owes and who it owes it to.

As stated earlier, in 2015, the federal government used the taxes we paid to pay $402 Billion in INTEREST ONLY on the total amount it owes.

Here’s how much the national debt has grown since 2000:

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Total Amount The US Government Owes

irs-building1In 2015 the federal government spent $3.7 Trillion to pay its bills (I.e. Military, Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, Education etc.). It also collected $3.2 Trillion from taxpayers (I.e. Your paycheck).

Over the years, the federal government has borrowed money to take care of its needs. All together, it owes $18.7 Trillion on its “credit cards” and “loans” combined.

In 2015, it used the taxes we paid to pay $402 Billion in INTEREST ONLY on the total amount it owes.

Here is a real time total of what the federal government owes and who it owes it to.

http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/debt/current

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