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Sanhedrin 101b appears to address this, to some degree. אמר רבי יוחנן מפני מה זכה ירבעם למלכות מפני שהוכיח את שלמה ומפני מה נענש מפני שהוכיחו ברבים שנאמר (מלכים א יא) וזה הדבר אשר הרים יד במלך שלמה בנה את המלוא סגר את פרץ עיר דוד אביו אמר לו דוד אביך פרץ פרצות בחומה כדי שיעלו ישראל לרגל ואתה גדרת אותם כדי לעשות אנגריא לבת פרעה Said Rabbi Yochanan: why did ...


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I once asked this to Rabbi Dovid Feinstein. He said it is assur to pay cash in this type of situation. Paying taxes is an enforced law which falls in the category of Dina Di'malchusa which one must keep.


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As Rabbi Norman Lamm has observed, the megillah is "words of peace and truth." The truth had to be put in "peaceful" terms that would not offend the government publishing this work! There's a midrash that all this partying and skirt-chasing had drained Achashverosh's coffers, necessitating this tax. Now you couldn't say, "now the king was broke ...", so you ...


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That is one reason that many people calculate the gross ma'aser as after withholding and then count any income tax refund as "income" for the purpose of ma'aser after the tax has been paid. Thus, the recursion that you suggest does not occur. Halachically, the ma'aser owed is calculated at particular times (even if you keep track each month). If on the ...


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I don't know whether my answer describes real situation — it is an idealized model. Firstly, you get income. Based on this, let us define: base Ma'aser income, , based on which Ma'aser is paid. It means that you should give (where ) to your local Rebe. base state tax income, , analogously — tax is payed based on this value. In general, what you should pay ...


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The Ibn Ezra (ad loc.) says that "the land and the islands of the sea" refers to lands that were technically outside of the empire of Achashveirosh. Nevertheless they capitulated to Achashveirosh and paid him tributes. This fits the context of the following verse, which juxtaposes the power and might of the deeds of Achashveirosh with the ascendancy of ...


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The Megillah writes that after Esther was appointed Queen, Achashveirosh suspended taxes. (Esther 2:18) At the end of the Megillah (Esther 10:1), it completes the story by reinstating taxes. One possible explanation: One opinion holds that he discounted taxes as an incentive to Esther to reveal her nation and origin. Once she did so (in the course of the ...


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R Shimon Taub (The Laws of Tzedakah and Maaser, p. 149) writes that One who benefits by giving tzedakah because he ends up paying less taxes is not obligated to give that profit to tzedakah. Therefore if one would have had to pay $10,000 in taxes had he not given tzedakah, but because of all the tzedakah he gave must pay only $7,000, he is not ...


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Rav Moshe Feinstein zt"l in Igros Moshe (cheilek 2 - first volume on Yoreh Deah), Siman 143 says that tax that goes to a government is not considered to be part of one's personal funds as they are owed outright to the government. So with this in mind, one could say that even if the tax goes towards a modern welfare system, since it is not deemed to be ...


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It is permitted for a halochik government to tax individuals on the basis of their "income" (how much money they own) (at least in certain cases) (maybe it is becouse it is like tzedoko) As can be seen from these sources regarding city government choshen mishpat 163.3 (tzuras Hadaf) Shulchan aruch harav hilchos Talmud Torah 1.3 PS how much a husband ...


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Even if it won't be much enforced, you shouldn't do it - it is a Chilul Hashem if they find you especially with today's media. Also I heard before but I don't remember where that a Jew can't steal (aka withhold the tax which is payment for being a part of this country and withholding payment is stealing) from a gentile although he doesn't have to return ...


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The massacre at the end of the purim story presumably created a labor shortage and workers' wages went up but the number of tax payers went down. To keep the cash flow steady, taxes had to be increased. (We wouldn't want the workers to become too wealthy or they may have leisure time to write Federalist Papers and such)


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UPDATE Actually, it is not as much a matter of paying maaser, but of the ease of calculation. For example, consider an investment of money in tax-free municipal bonds. The money that you take from the bank to pay for the bonds has already had ma'aser "taken out". Thus, when you cash in the bonds, only the interest or profit on the bonds is subject ...


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