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Should one subtract vat and taxes when calculating one’s zakaat?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Muftionline.co.za

Q: With regards to calculating one’s zakaat in a business setup, sometimes one’s zakaat date falls a few days before one pays his vat and taxes. Sometimes, the amount of the vat and taxes can reach an amount of one million or two million. Can one subtract this amount when calculating his zakaat, just as one subtracts his debts?

Bismillaah

A: No. One will not subtract the vat and taxes when calculating zakaat.

And Allah Ta`ala knows best

ولو كان الدين خراج أرض يمنع وجوب الزكاة بقدره وهذا إذا كان خراجا يؤخذ بحق وكان تمام الحول بعد إدراك الغلة وأما إذا كان قبل إدراكها فلا وما يؤخذ بغير حق لا يمنع وجوب الزكاة ما لم يؤخذ منه قبل الحول وكذلك الأرض العشرية إذا أخرجت طعاما واستهلكه وضمن مثله دينا في الذمة وذلك قبل تمام الحول على الدراهم ثم تم الحول على الدراهم فليس عليه الزكاة هكذا في التتارخانية (فتاوى هندية 1/173)

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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