The Challenge

Every year, Americans fill out income tax forms and make a payment to the IRS. It’s an important civic duty, but it is also a lot of money. Where does it all go? Using data provided by, we challenged artists, coders, and the general public to create data visualizations that would make it easier for U.S. citizens to understand how the government spends our tax money.

We provided some guidelines and pointers to get things started:

  • We outlined the Challenge Details.
  • Our See an Example page offered tips on what makes a great visualization.
  • The FAQ page explains many of the details of the challenge.

The Results

Participants had five weeks to build their projects, and we received more than 40 fantastic entries. Many people formed teams; in all, over 75 people contributed to the completed submissions. Our jury of experts will award $5,000 to the winner, as well as $5,000 in additional awards, announced on Tax Day (April 18).