U.S. v. Lee: Amish Can't Avoid Social Security Taxes on Religious Grounds

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Decided: United States v. Lee - If someone believes that paying a tax, like a Social Security tax, violates their religious beliefs, should they be granted an exemption? Can you avoid paying any Social Security taxes at all if you argue that your religion forbids it?

The U.S. Supreme Court rules unanimously that Amish employers could not avoid paying Social Security taxes, even on the basis of sincerely held religious beliefs. According to Burger's opinion, not all burdens on religion are necessarily unconstitutional.

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