A Remembrance of the Past; Building for the Future." ~ Eve Eckert Koehler

Remembering Our Danube Swabian Ancestors

Tax Burden in the Year 1798

by Peter Lang
Translated by Brad Schwebler

   The tax burden in the year 1798 set down according to the Liebling homeland book altogether as follows (converted on the family):

From the Zehent
23 guilders, 36 x

From the Komitats tax = on fifth of the Zehent
4 guilders, 43 x  28 guilders, 19 x

   When we form the basis of a real Zehent from our calculations, they are 12 percent of the income, ro rather 13.33 percent, when we calculate as tax.  So the taxes were also for other products such as vegetables and cattle – even the swarms of bees.  Added to these taxes of the manor and the Komitat (county) also came the taxes for the community, church, and school.  Besides that a “Ganzer Bauer” (complete farmer?) still had 100 days of “Handrobot” (voluntary work) or 52 days of “Zugrobot” (with a horse-drawn cart) and the poorest 6 days voluntary work achieved in the year.  The work converted into money resulted in 9 x per day for the “complete farmers”, 15 guilders and 36 kreuzer, for the poorest 54 kreuzer.

[Published at by Jody McKim Pharr, 2005]