Is it permissible to under declare my income for benefits?

Q: Is it permissible to at least under declare my income just so I can make housing more affordable for myself, since private housing is so expensive in the City?

الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب

It is not permissible to under declare income so as to receive more benefit than one is entitled to.  Under declaring may result in more benefits and so ease the cost of housing but it is on the basis of defrauding the state which is not permissible.

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