Can Tax Relief be Claimed Upon Zakat Payments?

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Question:

As a higher rate tax payer, can I claim back tax relief from Zakat payments?

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

The Answer:

It is permissible to claim and accept a tax relief on a Zakat payment.

The Fiqh (jurisprudence of the answer):

If you are a higher/additional rate taxpayer, you can claim tax relief on the difference between the basic rate and higher/additional rate of tax (through your tax return). This difference is being claimed back from a third party and not the recipient of the Zakat. In addition, this does not impact nor decrease your actual Zakat payment.

And Allah Ta’ālā Alone Knows Best

Mufti Faraz Adam al-Mahmudi,
www.darulfiqh.com 

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