Congress Wants Taxpayers to Know Amount Spent on War

Posted December 19, 2016 at 5:57am

Military Times reports that “Congress wants every taxpayer to know just how much of their money went to wars over the last 15 years.”

“Tucked into the annual defense authorization bill — expected to become law in coming days — is a provision requiring the Defense Secretary and Internal Revenue Service Commissioner to post online all of the costs, ‘including the relevant legacy costs, to each American taxpayer of each of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.’”

“The information will be posted on the IRS web site after being compiled with help from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., the lawmaker behind the effort, said he hopes it spurs conversation among the public about the costs of war.”