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Apr
28
comment Does one have a halachic obligation to pay use tax
@DoubleAA judaism.stackexchange.com/q/59928/759 does seem like the same question; sorry that I missed it before. How do I close this question as a duplicate?
Apr
27
comment Does one have a halachic obligation to pay use tax
@JJLL just to be clear, we'll continue to pay use tax even if there's no halakhic reason to do so---it's just that if there is an obligation under halakha, my wife will feel happier about paying :)
Apr
27
comment Does one have a halachic obligation to pay use tax
@Dude it varies based on the size of the retailer. Amazon now seems to collect sales tax, but my wife buys crafting supplies over the internet from out-of-state retailers, and they don't seem to deduct sales tax most of the time. And then the (secular) legal rule is that if you use something in your state of residence, and didn't pay sales tax at purchase, then you have to pay use tax. This is the case in most states; see e.g. tax.ny.gov/pubs_and_bulls/tg_bulletins/st/… and revenue.state.il.us/Individuals/FAQs-Use-Tax.htm
Aug
2
comment ribis and foreign currency conversion
Actually, I'm not a little confused about the scope of that leniency. Suppose A owns 1 share of apple stock, or of some other stock which doesn't pay a dividend. Can B lend A 100 shares of the stock for a year? Since the stock could well appreciate considerably, the borrower would probably end up paying back something noticeably worth more than they borrowed---is this really ok?
Aug
2
comment ribis and foreign currency conversion
Thanks! A very helpful answer. I hadn't realized there was this leniency concerning the case where the borrower has one unit of the currency in question. Indeed, from the link you sent, I think that it wouldn't even be necessary to give the borrower one pound---the borrower lives in the UK and has some pounds already, so the lender could just lend them pounds; is that correct? Alternately, the lender could give the borrower $1, then lend in dollars with relayment in dollars. Is that also correct?