15 responses to Do Amish pay taxes?
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    margaret p
    Comment on didn't know (May 8th, 2011 at 08:56)

    didn't know

    I was asked about the amish and why they don’t pay taxes so to find out for myself, I did a little research. I guess now I know. Although, because I live in upstate NY I feel like they can and are buying up a lot of property> do they support each other with the monies to buy property? It seems as though their community is growing.

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      Comment on Amish money-lending (May 9th, 2011 at 09:20)

      Amish money-lending

      Hi Margaret, Amish are definitely moving to New York and those communities are growing at a fast pace.

      Amish society is not collective in that they share resources out of one pot, but within the community Amish might lend money at favorable terms, say for a home loan or when starting up a business.

      I think you’ll continue to see more and more Amish in NY as it’s pretty attractive for its available farmland, much cheaper than in places like Southeastern PA.

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    Comment on the Amish steel wheels tearing up the roads (April 15th, 2015 at 06:29)

    the Amish steel wheels tearing up the roads

    the Amish steel wheels tearing up the roads
    They use there buggy with steel wheels on the highway and don’t pay taxes
    We pay taxes on gasoline for our highway. They use the roads and don’t pay taxes

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      Comment on Do Amish pay taxes? (April 15th, 2015 at 09:00)

      In Ind. the Amish pay taxes and have license plates on their buggies. In Ohio a road tax IS collected and a fee charged for each buggy owned. Don’t know about other states.

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      Mark – Holmes Co.
      Comment on Do Amish pay taxes? (April 15th, 2015 at 13:00)

      We pay $50 fee for each buggy we use and this goes towards paying for road maintenance costs in our county. We do buy gasoline. It goes into our generator, lawn mowers, pasture mower, and into other things as mixed fuels (garden tiller, weed eater, chainsaw, etc.) During the winter we can get away with buying 8 – 10 gallons of gasoline a week at the local gas station, but during the warm parts of the year, that often doubles. Add in the $50 per buggy fee and it adds up, especially in a community this size. Just my 2 cents.

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        Comment on do amish pay taxes (July 6th, 2018 at 19:31)

        do amish pay taxes

        Mark, forgive my ignorance, but Generators, lawn mowers, GARDEN TILLERS, weed eaters, and you are on a computer. What “chapter” of Amish allows that?

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          Marcus Yoder
          Comment on Do Amish pay taxes? (July 7th, 2018 at 10:17)

          A lot of communities would allow these.

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          Comment on Do Amish pay taxes? (July 10th, 2018 at 12:11)

          Yes, Mark #2, no offense but I can tell you’re not super-informed about the Amish. Different communities permit different arrays of technology and there is a wide range of what is acceptable between the plainest and most progressive. Mark’s community of Holmes County is home to all of these diverse groups. Yet all are still what we’d consider Old Order or horse-and-buggy Amish. I would recommend trying a good comprehensive book like The Amish by Kraybill, Nolt & Johnson-Weiner.

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            Comment on Do Amish pay taxes? (July 23rd, 2018 at 16:33)

            You are right Erik, I dont. But I’m not afraid to learn. There have been quite a few moving into the township where I live. (south of Lancaster PA) They are buying up the farms in the area that are for sale, which is GREAT!! I would much rather see a farm and fields of corn and hay, than a field of houses!!

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      Comment on Property tax (April 15th, 2015 at 13:30)

      Property tax

      Most homeowners would pay a county real estate or property tax, plus sales taxes. Some of these taxes may be used toward road projects.

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      bob shank
      Comment on Amish do pay taxes, probably more (May 5th, 2017 at 16:44)

      Amish do pay taxes, probably more

      Please people do some scholarly research, you are badly misinformed if you think the Amish don’t pay taxes, they even pay two taxes for school, public and private. They do not however pay social security, nor do they draw from it either. An act that was passed in the 60’s I believe, but they pay property taxes just like everyone else, and wage taxes as well as business taxes.

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    Comment on School Taxes (February 1st, 2017 at 22:01)

    School Taxes

    I grew up in Warren County, PA and always thought that the Amish had different rules regarding property taxes since they do not use the public school system. Is there any truth to this?

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      Mark — Holmes Co.
      Comment on Do Amish pay taxes? (February 2nd, 2017 at 08:43)

      Jennifer, I am Amish and I have never heard of anyone getting exempted from property tax in any way. It COULD be that there are areas where this is not the case, but I’m not aware of any. I live in a very large Amish community and a large portion of the property taxes we pay goes to the public school system, but in our community, there are many Amish children who go to the public schools. We estimate about 30% of the Amish school children in our community attend public schools, though some might start in the public schools and switch to private Amish schools when they are older.

      If you find out that Warren Co. does indeed have different tax laws, I’d be interested in knowing.

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        Comment on School Taxes (February 2nd, 2017 at 15:02)

        School Taxes

        Interesting! I would wage that there are no Amish students that attend public schools in Warren County. We also have an interesting land ownership situation because there was a mandated sewage line installation that (I think!)only Amish were exempted from. I’ll ask about the taxes. I really appreciate the dialogue; I grew up with Amish neighbors and even took a class called “Amish in the Age of Modernity” in college.

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          Mark — Homes Co.
          Comment on Do Amish pay taxes? (February 2nd, 2017 at 15:27)

          Jennifer, I’m assuming the Amish in your area don’t have indoor plumbing like we are used to. A recent sewage-line change in our area was paid for by everyone, Amish or not, but many in our neighborhood are on the same water/ sewage system as everyone else. The college course sounds interesting. :0 It would have been interesting to listen in on that one!

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