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 WhatWePayFor.com, we challenge you to create a data visualization that will make it easier for U.S. citizens to understand how the government spends our tax money.



The challenge will be juried by a panel of 11 judges. The criteria they have established are: Storytelling, Clarity, Relevance, Utility, and Aesthetics.
See details on the Example page.


Submit your entries by midnight of March 27, 2011. Winners will be announced on Tax Day (April 18, 2011).
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Our jury will be awarding $10,000, including $5,000 for the top submission and a handful of special distinction awards. Winning entries will be featured on this website, the Official Google Blog, Eyebeam.org and Fast Company’s design blog, Co.Design.


You must be 18 years of age and able to submit an IRS W-9 or W-8BEN form to be eligible for a cash prize. See the official rules for details.


We encourage you to form teams. If you’re a designer, find a programmer to help you make your project interactive. If you’re a coder, find an artist to give your project that aesthetic edge. Each person or team can enter up to 2 projects.

Acceptable Entries

A range of media will be accepted: interactive web apps, graphic images, or video. All submissions meeting a minimum standard of quality will be displayed on this site. Interactive projects must be hosted by their creators, although finalists will also be hosted on this site if possible.


See an Example