Payment of Zakat in Advance or Arrears
Zakat can be paid in advance before one’s Zakat anniversary. The wisdom behind this is to encourage people to increase in worship and capitalise on blessed times like Ramadan or the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah.
If a person does pay Zakat in advance, it is still necessary to make a Zakat calculation on one’s Zakat anniversary to ensure the advance payments offset the actual Zakat liability. You can use our Zakat Calculator to make this process easier.
In regard to paying Zakat in arrears, this should be abstained from unless there is a genuine reason. Zakat should always be paid on time at the Zakat year-end.