Can I subtract the amount I owe in taxes when calculating Zakah?

Short Answer

Yes, if your taxes have not been paid yet and you know exactly how much they will be. The general principle is that the calendar tax year is Jan 1st to Dec 31st and you have about four months to pay it. If you have not paid your taxes yet, it can be deducted from your Zakah calculation as a debt you owe, but if you have paid your taxes then it cannot be deducted.

Reason for Asking the Question

Taxes can often be quite high and if you pay them soon after your Zakah date, it can significantly affect the amount you would have owed.

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Shaykh Mustafa Umar