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Paying in Cash

Question:
I recently went to a store and was told if a pay in cash then i would not need to pay taxes. If it is obvious that by me paying in taxes the store owner would not pay the proper tax on this sale to the government, am I allowed to do such a purchase or there is a problem of לפני עבר לא תתן מכשול.

Answer:

This would not seem to be the actual prohibition of Lifnei Iver as cash payment is inherently permissible and he can and may still pay taxes. There are a number of reasons a person would prefer cash payments, aside from tax evasion. At the same time, with regards to taxes we should generally assume Dina Demalchusa Dina and not encourage or promote tax evasion.

 

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