Paying cash to a babysitter for her services

 

 

 

Question:

assalamualaikum

 
is it halal to pay my babysitter/cleaning lady/nanny under the table cash when we know she doesnt report it and we cant claim childcare deductible on our income tax because she will only take cash? it's a significant amount, about $20,000 per year.  we would have got a $3,000 refund from the government if we could report it on our income tax.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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Answer:

Wa Alaikum as Salam
If it is legal for the babysitter/nanny to take cash for her services, it is permissible for you to pay her cash. Sharia is very flexible in this matter, the legal status of the transaction should be determined and it should be dealt with accordingly.

والله اعلم

Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala knows best.

 

Approved by Mufti Husain Ahmad Madani