Can I reduce my tax liabilities through lying, as Islamically we are entitled to whatever we earn?

Q: Can I reduce my tax liabilities through lying, as Islamically we are entitled to whatever we earn? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: If the revenues of the state are not sufficient to meet its expenditure needs a tax may be levied on the population provided it is proportionate to the need. […]

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Is it permissible to over claim benefits by under-declaring income?

Q: Is it permissible to over claim benefits by under-declaring income? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: It is not permissible to over claim benefits by under-declaring one’s income. Any excess benefit fraudulently received in this manner is unlawful and must be returned to the state. However, if the excess benefit […]

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Can I be held liable for the tax evasion of my employers?

Q: What is the ruling on tax in Islam; specifically, employment tax? If I have a job where I am given cash in hand, so that the company can avoid tax, would I also be liable for escaping tax?  Alternatively if I am hired privately to do a one off job, for example to paint […]

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My employer wants me to exaggerate the time spent on tasks on a timesheet for a client

Q: My employer wants me to exagerate the time spent on tasks on a timesheet for a client. الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: You cannot make a dishonest claim even if it is at the insistence of your employer. If it is normal practice that the time taken to register the time […]

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Is it permitted to claim unemployment benefits if one is readily able to find work but prefers to stay at home instead?

Q: Is it permitted to claim unemployment benefits if one is readily able to find work but prefers to stay at home instead? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: There are two main unemployment benefits: · Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) · Income Support (IS). JSA can only be rightfully claimed by […]

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Are Muslims allowed to take interest money from the bank and use it to pay their own taxes or insurance premiums?

Q:Are Muslims allowed to take interest money from the bank and use it to pay their own taxes or insurance premiums? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: When needed, one should seek to open an account with an Islamic bank or the Islamic window of a conventional bank or a non-interest […]

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Are Muslims permitted to eat food bought from haram income (such as money falsely claimed in government benefits)?

Q: Are Muslims permitted to eat food bought from ḥarām income (such as money falsely claimed in government benefits)? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: If one receives state benefits fraudulently the amount of excess benefit so received without entitlement must be returned to the state. If the excess benefit is […]

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Is it permissible to under-declare income for a means-tested grant?

Q: I would like to know, if a student applies for a means tested grant, is the money halal, if the parent is required to declare their income in the application and they fail to declare it truthfully.  Is the student blameworthy for applying despite not being able to persuade the parent to declare their […]

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Is it illegal to pay for services in cash?

Q: I had a question pertaining to taxes with reference to an earlier fatwa published on your website: http://alqalam.org.uk/fatawa/can-i-be-held-liable-for-the-tax-evasion-of-my-employers/ In Canada, the Canada Revenue Agency(CRA) warns about what is called the Underground Economy (UE) [http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/undergroundeconomy/]. In light of thi 1) Is it permissible for Muslims to avail of services where the service provider(such as a […]

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Due to the nature of the IR35 tax legislation, Can I take out insurance cover?

Q: HMRC have made a law against disguised employees in (April 2000) who are operating under a Ltd company. This law is called IR35. The problem is no matter how safe you think you are if case goes to court its just simply your word against theirs. If you represent yourself you will mostly likely lose the […]

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