Is zakah necessary on child benefit payments?

Q: Is zakāh necessary on child benefit payments?

I wanted to know who is considered the owner of the child benefit given by the government. Is it the child or the mother? I believe that if it is the mother then zakāh will be compulsory.

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A: According to the details on the following government website: Child Benefit is paid to the parent who is deemed to have care of the child and this is usually the mother.

Thus, any child benefit received by the parent [usually the mother] is the property of the parent and not the child. If the parent is liable to pay zakāh, then the child benefit received will also be subject to zakāh.

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