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Asked on: 6/25/13, 6:28 pm

is it illegal for a business to refuse cash as payment?

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Answered on: 6/25/13, 6:40 pm by Anthony Roach

The money says "legal tender, for all debts, public and private." I've had court clerks refuse to take cash before. I'm not sure how you would enforce it. I know a lot of people in other countries who would prefer our money.


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Answered on: 6/30/13, 12:54 pm by Bryan Whipple

There is a difference between paying a debt and making a cash purchase. A cash purchase is an "instantaneous" transaction, in which money is exchanged for goods. Whereas cash must be accepted in payment of a pre-existing indebtedness, a merchant can refuse to accept cash if he be so foolish.


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