Relationship between paying taxes and morality – ARAB TIMES
FFor the majority of Muslim clerics, taxes should only be imposed in cases of extreme necessity, such as disaster or war. The tax must also be stopped with the disappearance of the cause. When an Islamic State is attacked or threatened and the State needs money to mobilize the army, it imposes taxes on some, and its imposition stops when the cause or the danger ceases, therefore, it there are no taxes in Islam, and it is not permissible to impose them on Muslims.
However, in the modern era, every country in the world except five or six of them has found that imposing taxes is a foregone conclusion, because there is no way through which the state can pay the huge obligations and dues of others.
In a time of backwardness, and for unjustified reasons, and with the presence of a Parliament most of whose members do not know what the public interest means, and due to strong pressure from the religious tendency, the parliament passed the Corporate Zakat Law in 2006, which was imposed only on joint-stock companies and required them to pay a specific percentage of their profits as zakat which accrues to the Ministry of Finance.
The law exempted the rest of the companies, some of which are made up of several joint stock companies, and their profitability is much higher to pay this percentage simply because they are not shareholders and it is an excuse worse than a sin.
Kuwaiti public and private companies are required to pay Zakat at the rate of 1% of their annual net profits to the Ministry of Finance in accordance with the Zakat Law No. 46 of 2006.
The money goes to the Ministry of Finance, to be spent in banks specified by law, but no party or individual is aware of how the ministry disposes of these funds, knowing that the law specifies where they are spent .
The payment of tax in almost every country in the world is the only source of state revenue, through which the salaries of its civilian and military employees are paid, and expenses for the rest.
Per capita income tax is highest in Denmark at 56% of income, in France at 55.4%, etc. Kuwait, Bahamas, Qatar, Monaco and Panama have no income tax.
Tax is not only an amount deducted from the income of the individual, or calculated on the profits of companies, or added to the value of goods, but rather it is a tool for rationalizing consumption and for pushing the consumer towards directions that the government sees advantages in them or plans to abandon them to its detriment, such as the tax on alcohol and cigarettes, and an exception is imposed on food and school materials and on medicines.
Its advantages outweigh its disadvantages as long as there is fairness and accuracy in its collection, but the question is: are we psychologically, practically and organizationally ready to accept the idea of imposing a tax without preparation which can take years, the most important of which is the elimination of corruption and waste from government?
Will we be safe from the emergence of companies and individuals whose mission is to teach citizens and inhabitants not to pay taxes, especially since the ruined souls are ready and well prepared to accept this?
How clever our people are at defrauding and justifying them even religiously, and how unhappy we are in matters of public interest.