Taxes and Fees | Islamic Laws by The Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei
Taxes and Fees
Q1972. Some individuals, private / governmental companies and institutes hide some facts in order to evade paying tax and duty. Is it permissible?
A: It is not permissible for anyone to refrain from acting upon the laws of the Islamic Republic and neglect paying tax, duty, and other legal payment the Islamic government has a rigt to.
Q1973. A person concludes a silent partnership deed with a bank and gives the bank a certain percent of the profit according to the contract. Is it permissible for the Tax Office to demand the tax of the bank's share from him besides that of his share?
A: It depends on the rules and regulations on tax revenue. Therefore, if he is to pay only tax revenue only on his share as per the law, he is not liable for the tax revenue on the partner's share.
Q1974. I bought a house and agreed with the seller that we pay the government stamp duty between us. The seller suggested that we declare a reduced price for the property so that we can pay less duty. Should I bear the difference in tax between the actual price and the false one?
A: It is obligatory on you to pay your outstanding share of the tax that is levied on the actual value of the house.
Q1975. It is common practice among the people of our neighborhood that if the government is not an Islamic one and practices sectarian policies against followers of Ahlul-Bayt (a.s.), it is not obligatory to pay water and electricity charges. Is it permissible to do so?
A: It is not permissible. Rather, it is obligatory on everyone who has made use of the water and electricity to pay any charges incurred to the state, even though it might not be Islamic.
Q1976. My husband passed away. He had some money in his bank account which is blocked by the bank upon his death. The municipality declared that we should pay some duty on his business building for issuing permit for construction of the building and so on; otherwise, they will close it. All my children are minors and we cannot afford paying the taxes and duties. Is it obligatory for us to do so?
A: Municipality duties and legal taxes should be paid according to the governmental laws. As a result, if it is due on the deceased person to pay such duties and taxes, it is obligatory to pay it from the whole estate before spending the third of the estate and dividing the rest. If it is related to the heirs, they should pay it from their own property.