There is a tradition of giving 10% of one's income to charity. Suppose someone receives a gift card as compensation for his work. Should that person separate 10% of the value of the gift card to charity?

What about a person who returns an item from a store for store credit? Does that credit count toward the amount from which one must tithe? Does it matter whether the item was given as a gift, purchased with his own money, or earned as compensation for working?

  • There is a misconception that one must give Maaser on gifts. Maaser is only given on money one recieved for work! – Hacham Gabriel Aug 23 '13 at 19:50
  • @HachamGabriel Good point! I'll edit the question. – Daniel Aug 23 '13 at 19:55
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    Rivevos Ephraim 6:389 brings a very interesting maaseh with a interesting psak for giving maaser on shaloch Manos and paying taxes hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=1084&pgnum=484 – sam Aug 23 '13 at 20:44

I asked Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz, and he said according to the prevalent practice to give maaser on receiving gifts of cash (or checks, whatever, something that can be spent anywhere) but not goods, a gift of a gift card would not need maaser.

If you're paid by your job in gift cards? Same as if you were paid in potato chips, I guess. Not sure how we'd treat that.

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  • Some hold to give maaser on presents? – sam Aug 23 '13 at 20:03
  • @sam The gift card might not be a present. It could be, as suggested in the question, earned in compensation for work or from returning something from a store. – Daniel Aug 23 '13 at 20:08

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