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Travel expense in ma’aser calculation

Question:

Hi,
I work in people’s homes or offices. Previously, I would deduct travel as an expense from my overall income to arrive at my “ma’aserable” income. Now however I work as an employee at a company that pays me travel as part of my overall income.

In order to arrive at my ma’aserable income, can I once again deduct this amount out of my income that the company pays me?

 Answer:

The money the company is giving you is given to you, not as a salary, rather as one of the company’s expenses in running the business. Therefore, you do not have to take maser off the money.  It is noteworthy, that this only applies to the money that you indeed used for travel. However, if you only used half of it for travel, then the remainder would be considered salary (if the company doesn’t want that money returned to them).

Best wishes

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