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How does Government Taxes effect our Zakaat

Q: In South Africa, Government taxes can amout to 40% of ones income. If any, how does this affect our annual zakaat?

How does Government Taxes effect our Zakaat

A: If the taxes are paid before one’s zakaat date, then one will not include that amount in one’s zakaatable assets.

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. (الفتاوى الهندية 1/173)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

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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