Subjecting Net Profit to Zakāt in Saudi Law

In: Arab Law Quarterly
Ahmed A. Altawyan Department of Law, Saudi Electronic University Riyadh Saudi Arabia

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This study aims to discuss a legal principle that has not been settled in Saudi tax tribunals, namely, the Saudi authority subjecting the adjusted annual net profit to zakāt when the zakāt base of the taxpayer is less than the adjusted annual net profit. This study discusses the religious viewpoint by considering zakāt as one of the pillars of Islam, and, from a legal and accounting viewpoint, to propose enhancements for the Saudi legal environment to be more attractive to taxpayers.

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