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Passing the Buck: Taxes on Rented Farmland

AAEA Member research released in AEPP

According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA NASS) states that there are 240,000 farms and ranches are contacted for their acres operated and acres rented for cash. So how much of property taxes on farmland is passed on to farmers which rent land instead of owning it?

In a new article published in the Applied Economic Perspective and Policy, researchers examine the land owners that pay the property tax, and how they may be using a rate at which they charge rent as a mechanism for recuperating some of the associated property tax.

Authors, Ani Katchova, and Associate Professor and Farm Income Enhancement Chair at The Ohio State University and Robert Dinterman from The Ohio State University, researched the “Property Tax Incidence on Cropland Cash Rent

Katchova says, “Landowners cannot fully pass on the increased property tax onto renters which indicates some degree of bargaining power of renters, although this has already been discovered in the government subsidy literature but we confirm the same result occurs for taxation purposes.”

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