ZATCA e-Invoicing Newsletter
Category: e-Invoicing in KSA, Posted on: 29/04/2022 , Posted By: Webtel
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29th April, 2022 | Friday

During the holy month of Ramadan, ZAKAT, tax and customs carry out 10,000 inspection visits

The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority carried out 10,000 inspection visits during the holy month of Ramadan on markets and shops in various regions and cities of the Kingdom.

The authority explained that the visits carried out by its supervisory and inspection teams in cooperation with the national program to combat commercial cover-up included a number of commercial sectors, most notably: retail, restaurants, and professional services offices, and indicated in this regard that these visits aim to enhance compliance with the provisions of tax regulations applicable in the Kingdom.

The authority added that the percentage of compliance with the tax regulations on which these visits were made amounted to more than 87% in most shops and markets, while limited violations were detected, represented in the failure to issue electronic tax invoices, and the lack of matching the QR code with the requirements of the authority, in addition to controlling other violations. According to the provisions of the system.

The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority stressed that its inspection visits to markets, shops and service stores come within the context of its control efforts implemented by field inspection teams, with the aim of enhancing the degree of tax compliance among taxpayers from the business sector, and limiting commercial transactions in violation of the instructions and controls that fall within the authority’s jurisdiction.

The authority called on consumers to report any facility for which any tax violations are observed, through the official website (ZATCA.gov.sa), or through the authority’s application for smart phones, where the authority offers incentive rewards to those who report tax violations at a rate of 2.5% of The value of violations and fines, with a maximum of one million riyals or 1,000 riyals as a minimum.


14th March, 2022 | Monday

ZATCA Carries Out More Than 1,300 Monitoring Visits and Deducts 88 Cases of Suspected Commercial Concealment As Part of the National Program's Efforts to Combat Commercial Concealment

The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority's inspectors have carried out more than 1,300 visits in the last week to markets and shops in the Kingdom as part of the national program to combat commercial concealment, which involved more than 20 government entities.

The Authority has explained that the supervisory inspections took place in most regions of the Kingdom, including Riyadh, the Eastern Province, Makkah, Medina, Qassim, and Jazan, and included various shops, such as auto parts markets, food and beverages, health, and oil and gas. In this regard, the Authority has stated that the Riyadh region has witnessed the highest rate of inspections, with a total of 126 visits.

According to the Authority, the visits resulted in the detection of 88 cases of initial suspicion of commercial concealment. This comes with ZATCA's keenness to unify and unite efforts in coordination and cooperation with its government sector partners to combat commercial concealment in all its forms and types, as well as to increase tax compliance and minimize commercial transaction violations, with the necessity of continuing supervisory and guidance visits to markets and shops in all activities and fields.

The Authority has called on everyone to report any tax violations, through the Authority's website (zatca.gv.sa) or the Authority's App, which allows users to submit reports of tax violations.


10th March, 2022 | Thursday

"Zakat, Tax and Customs" invites taxpayers subject to selective goods tax to submit their tax returns for the months of last Jan & Feb 2022.

Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority has called taxpayers from business sector who are subject to selective goods tax to submit their tax returns for the months of last Jan and Feb 2022 till 15 March 2022.

The authority has urged its taxpayers to submit their declarations quickly through the website (zatca.gov.sa), in order to avoid penalty for not submitting the declaration within specified period, at the rate of 5% of the value of tax should be declare for each 30 days delay in submitting declaration.

"Zakat, Tax and Customs" called taxpayers from business sectors related to obtain more information regarding Excise Goods Tax, to contact via unified number of call center (19993), which operates 24/7, " or ask Zakat and Tax and Customs” on Twitter (@Zatca_Care), e-mail (info@zatca.gov.sa), or through instant conversations via authority’s website (ZATCA.gov.sa).

Excise Goods Tax is one of the tax systems implementation in KSA, which is imposed on goods with negative effects on public health or environment at varying rates, includes soft, energy, sweetened drinks, tobacco and its derivatives.


7th March, 2022 | Monday

Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority wins Excellence Award for Smart Government Corporate Services in Middle East.

Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (ZATCA) received 27th Middle East Award for excellence in government and smart cities and smart government Institutional Services category, presented by the Middle East Institute for excellence in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, after competition government authorities from various countries of the Middle East countries participated.

Authority achieved the award for its operational and digital achievements during the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic "COVID-19" in accordance with the best practices of smart institutional transformation, after harnessing all its capabilities and developing systems to ensure business continuity, which contributed the achievement of customer and taxpayer service on time and with high professionalism.

The authority has been keen to prepare the face the emergency conditions since the registration of first infection with the corona virus "covid-19" in the kingdom, through the preparation of human cadres, activating the business continuity strategy, and preparing the infrastructure for remote communication in all authority's headquarters, branches and ports on land, air and sea, and then determine the priority of services and critical users.

And technical solutions also contributed in smooth running of business with the same efficiency as it was performed in presence, which also enabled it to obtain ISO certification in the field of business continuity.

The authority has launched number of initiatives during pandemic to enable taxpayers to carry out their work remotely without affecting services or productivity, through the launch of 66 services on its official website that made it easier for them to complete services without need to review the branches and outlets of the authority.

It is worth mentioning that award will be given to government institutions in various countries of Middle East, and aims to encourage the creation of smart digital environment for governments, where it is subject to international and regional standards supporting the development of creativity and competitiveness. The award covers vital sectors that have been able to achieve tangible achievements through the application of the latest technological systems that leads to change the concepts and methods of their dealings with customers.​


6th March, 2022 | Sunday

"Zakat, Tax and Customs" invites taxpayers subject to withholding tax to submit their tax returns for last February 2022.

The Zakat, tax and Customs Authority (ZATCA) has invited business sectors related withholding tax in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to submit their tax returns for last Feb 2022, till March 10.

Authority has urged his officials to submit their tax returns quickly through its website (ZATCA.gov.sa), in order to avoid the penalty in the specified period by 1% of the unpaid tax for every thirty days delay from the due date.

Zakat, Tax and Customs invited business sectors regarding obtaining more information on withholding tax and contact via unified call center number (19993), which operates 24*7, or contact Zakat, Tax and Customs account on Twitter (@Zatca_Care), or email (info@zatca.gov.sa) (or through instant conversations via website (ZATCA.gov.sa).

The withholding tax is one of the tax regulations implementation in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that is deducted from total income of non-resident in KSA for services provided inside KSA, in accordance with the specified Article 63 of the Income Tax Regulations.​


21st February, 2022 | Monday

"Zakat, Tax and Customs" invites establishments subject to VAT to submit their Tax return for the month of January 2022.

Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority invited establishments subject to VAT whose annual supplies of goods and services exceed 40 million riyals to submit their tax returns for the month of January, till February 28.

Authority urged establishments to quickly submit their tax returns via the website zatca.gov.sa in order to avoid the fine, in case of failure to submit the declaration within the specified period, at a minimum of 5% and a maximum of 25% of the tax value that the taxpayer was required to declare.

Zakat and Tax and Customs Authority invited establishments and wishing to obtain further information on the VAT to communicate with them via call center (19993), which operates 24/7, or ask Zakat, Tax and Customs," on Twitter (@Zatca_Care), or through email (info@zatca.gov.sa), or conversations via (ZATCA.gov.sa).

VAT is one of the tax regulations implementation in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, an indirect tax levied on all goods and services purchased and sold by establishments with some exceptions.


18th February, 2022 | Friday

Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority makes amendments to the executive regulations of the real estate tax.

Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority has made amendments to the executive regulations of the real estate disposal tax, most notably the amendment to the degrees of relatives who are covered by the exemption from the payment of the real estate tax payment, and the amendment to the date of payment of the tax with regard to actions carried out according to sales projects, in addition to a number of other modifications.

Authority explained that these amendments will begin effect from Friday, 17 /07/ 1443H corresponding to February 18, 2022, and indicated that the most important things in the decision of amendment related status of relatives who are included in the exception from the payment of tax in cases of documented donation, up to the third status instead of the second status of relatives, provided that the ownership of the property is not transferred by the donee of the property for three years to a person who is not entitled to the exception from the payment of tax if the property is donated to him by the first donor directly.

Authority added that the amendments also included the addition of a new article concerned with the exemption from paying the tax on any property whose ownership is transferred based on a legal documented with the Ministry of Justice, without the requirement will be within the limit of one-fourth of the deceased’s estate as previously specified, and the expansion was also done. Excluding the gift of real estate free of charge for any atomic or civil endowment without stipulating that the gift be made only when the endowment is initially established.

The authority also clarified that it has made an amendment to the regulation stipulating that the tax is paid on sales that take place in accordance with the regulations approved by Cabinet Resolution No. (536) and dated 4/12/ 1437 AH, before the date of documenting the complete sale with the notary, approved without the necessity of paying tax before upon concluding the sale contract between the buyer and the owner of the property.

The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority called on the taxpayers and those interested to communicate with it for any inquiries related to the new amendments to the real estate tax regulation, through the unified number of the call center (19993), which works 24/7, or “Ask Zakat, Tax and Customs” account. On Twitter (@zatca_Care), via e-mail (info@zatca.gov.sa), or via instant chats on the website (ZATCA.gov.sa).

It is noteworthy that the real estate disposal tax is imposed at 5% on real estate whose ownership is transferred from a person or establishment to another person or establishment, such as sale, netting, transfer, gift and similar actions, with some disposals excluded in accordance with the provisions of the Real Estate Dispositions Regulations. Any transfer of real estate ownership must first be registered on the authority’s website, explaining the exact data of the real estate, specifying the exception that applies to the disposition for non-payment of tax, if any, and then paying the tax for the due cases, before the real estate is emptied with the notary or accredited notary.


30th January, 2022 | Sunday

"Zakat, Tax and Customs" reclassifies field violations of VAT

Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority announced the reclassification of VAT violations and penalties related to field violations from taxpayer's failure to comply with his tax duties and obligations, starting on Sunday, January 30, 2022, so that all penalties for field violations begin by alerting the establishment first and raising the taxpayer's awareness and not imposing any financial fines when committing the violation for first time, while financial fines are imposed only when the same violation is repeated, with a time limit of up to 3 months from the date of the penalty to ensure the correction of the violation.

Authority explained that it does not include non-field violations, such as tax evasion violations, failure to file returns and delay in filing the same, in addition to the violation of non-payment of tax dues and late payment, and the violation of tampering in filling of tax.

Authority also invited all its assignees to consult the simplified guidelines on the new classification of violations and penalties, available through its website by clicking here, where the guidelines explains all violations and penalties after reclassification, and authority invited when there are any queries in this regard to contact it through unified number of call center (19993), which works 24*7 or ask ZATCA through info@zatca.gov.sa or via instant chat on the website (ZATCA.gov.sa).


16th January, 2022 | Sunday

Economist "Zakat, Tax and Customs" records more than half million real estate sales during 2021.

Last year, Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority registered 568,671 real estate sales within the real estate transactions tax service in various regions, cities and governorates of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Only Riyadh city that recorded the highest sales of 144,468 , then Jeddah, which recorded 57,648, then the city of Buraidah 23,864 , Makkah 20,878 , while Dammam recorded 19,471 , Medina 18,061, Hail 14,600, Al-Ahsa 12,646 then Khobar 11,580 and Hafr Al-Batin 10,748 sales.

The real estate transactions tax service provided by the Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority is one of the electronic services that enable individuals and taxpayers from the business sector to register their properties in the real estate transactions tax before completing the real estate clearance process or documenting the contract, in addition to enabling them to know the extent to which their properties are subject to tax, with the issuance of a payment invoice for the amount of due tax.

It is noteworthy mentioning that the implementation of the real estate transactions tax came after issuance of order (A / 84) on October 2, 2020, which includes exempting all real estate supplies that are made by sale from Value Added Tax by 15%, and the imposition of real estate transactions tax by 5%, which is defined as " any legal act transferring.


10th January, 2022 | Monday

"Zakat, Tax and Customs" invites its taxpayers subject to excise goods tax to submit their returns for the last November and December.

​Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority invited business sector taxpayers subject to the excise goods tax to submit their tax returns for the last November and December till 15th of January.

Authority urged its officials promptly submit their declarations through website (zatca.gov.sa), to avoid a fine in case of failure to file declaration within the specified period, at 5% of the tax amount to be recognized for every 30 days delay in filing declaration.

"Zakat, Tax and Customs" invited business sector who wish to receive more information on the excise tax to contact them through unified number call center (19993), which operates 24/7, or "ask Zakat, Tax and Customs" on Twitter, or e-mail (info@zatca.gov.sa, or through instant talks via authority's website (ZATCA.gov.sa).

Excise Tax is one of the tax regulations implementation in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is imposed on goods with negative effects on public health or environment including soft drinks, energy drinks, and tobacco and its derivatives.​


5th January, 2022 | Wednesday

"Zakat, Tax and Customs" invites taxpayers subject to withholding tax to submit their tax.

​Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (ZATCA) has invited business sectors subject to withholding tax to submit their tax returns in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for last December 2021, till 10 January 2022.

Authority urged its officials to submit their tax returns quickly through its website (zatca.gov.sa), in order to avoid the penalty in the specified period by 1% of not paying tax for every thirty days delay from the due date.

Zakat, Tax and Customs invited business sectors wishing to obtain more information on withholding tax to contact them via unified call center number (19993), which operates 24*7, or contact Zakat, Tax and Customs account on Twitter (@Zatca_Care), or email (info@zatca.gov.sa) (or through instant conversations via website (ZATCA.gov.sa).

Withholding Tax is one of the tax regulations implementation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that is deducted from total income of non-resident in KSA for services provided within KSA, in accordance with the specified Article 63 of the Income Tax Regulations.​


2nd January, 2022 | Sunday

Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority provides guidelines to its customers on applying VAT for contracting sectors.

Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority has provided guidelines in its website on the application of VAT for contracting sectors, which includes a detailed explanation and extensive information that helps to strengthen the commitment of taxpayers in the sector.

The guidelines includes detailed information for the purposes of applying VAT for contracting sectors, including construction services related to taxable real estate, as well as providing a full explanation of the tax due date for contracting establishments with government agencies, the date of issuance of the tax invoice, and other relevant information.

The importance of guidelines is to provide further clarifications to taxpayers and help them understand the application of Value Added Tax related construction services and contracting sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

This guidelines comes within the framework of Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority's keenness to increase and enhance awareness among taxpayers and provide them information in order to understand tax obligations and facilitate tax compliance for this purpose, Authority has issued more than 100 guidelines available in its website, all containing a wide range of awareness information in simplified manner.

Zakat, Tax and Custom Authority has invited all interested to see the page of guidelines by visiting its website to click here in case have any inquiries to communicate with them via call center No (19993), which operates 24/7, or via e-mail (info@zatca.gov.sa) or " request Zakat and Tax, Customs," on Twitter (@Zatca_Care) or through instant conversations (ZATCA.gov.sa).


21st December, 2021 | Tuesday

Governor of Zakat, Tax and Customs sponsors the graduation ceremony for the third batch of "building competencies”.

​​Governor of Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority, Suhail Bin Mohammed Abanmi, on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, sponsored the graduation ceremony for third batch of "building competencies" program, which was presented by the authority in its third edition, which included 42 trainees male and female.

Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority provided the training program for all trainees with qualification and training in seven vocational training tracks: operations, legal and compliance, strategy and development, technical systems and digitization, analysis and risk, human capital, finance and administration.

Third edition of building competencies program was launched in December last year and attracted 42 trainees male and female from the best local and international universities, with the aim of increasing and developing their academic knowledge in the fields of Zakat and Taxes, and enabling them to compete in work market.

The vision of program, which was supervised by Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority and implemented in cooperation with the Executive Institute of the American Wharton University, to attract young Saudi talents, provide them best practical skills and professional experience, and enable them to contribute effectively for the national economy.


20th December, 2021 | Monday

"Zakat, Tax and Customs" invites VAT taxpayers to submit their tax returns

Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (Zatca) has invited business sectors subject to VAT to submit their tax returns for the month of last November till 31th of December.

"Zakat, Tax and Customs" urged business sectors to submit their tax returns quickly through website (zatca.gov.sa) to avoid penalty to file the declaration within the specified period, at minimum of 5% and maximum of 25% of the tax value that the taxpayers have to return tax.

Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (Zatca) has invited business sectors wishing to obtain more information on VAT to contact them via Unified Contact Centre number (19993), which operates 24*7, or "ask Zakat, Tax and Customs" account on Twitter (@Zatca_Care), or via e-mail (@Zatca_Care). (info@zatca.gov.sa) (or instant conversations via the authority's website (ZATCA.gov.sa).

VAT is one of the tax regulations implementation in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and this is an indirect tax levied on all goods and services purchased and sold by establishments with some exceptions.


19th December, 2021 | Sunday

Following the success achieved by "ZAKATY ""Zakat, Tax and Customs" achieved the International Excellence Award for social responsibility for the year 2021

The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority has achieved the "International Excellence Award for Social Responsibility", following the success achieved by the campaign "ZAKATY" during the last month of Ramadan, and it offers annually in the holy month of Ramadan to urge individuals to take out zakat through application and Portal smoothly and easily to reach needy and beneficiaries.

Authority explained that the campaign is to provide easy and quick solutions for individuals mainly, and focuses on attracting people's attention to the concept of ease of calculation and take out Zakat through application reliably and safely.

The award was crowned as part of major ceremony at Fakhr Al Arab International Awards in Dubai to honor Arab personalities in their fields of competence and leading institutions. This award aims to recognize and honor personalities who have formed a turning point in the life, and community initiatives and programs that mentions the issues and needs of the community.​


5th December, 2021 | Sunday

"Zakat, Tax and Customs" invites taxpayers subject to withholding tax to submit their tax return for last November.

The Zakat, tax and Customs Authority (ZATCA) has invited from the business sectors subject to withholding tax in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to submit their tax return for last November, till December 10.

Authority urged its officials to submit their tax returns quickly through its website (zatca.gov.sa), in order to avoid the penalty in the specified period by 1% of the unpaid tax for every thirty days delay from the due date.

Zakat, Tax and Customs invited business sectors wishing to obtain more information on withholding tax to contact them via unified call center number (19993), which operates 24*7, or contact Zakat, Tax and Customs account on Twitter (@Zatca_Care), or email (info@zatca.gov.sa) (or through instant conversations via the website (ZATCA.gov.sa).

The withholding tax is one of the tax regulations implementation in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that is deducted from total income of non-resident in KSA for services provided within KSA, in accordance with the specified Article 63 of the Income Tax Regulations.​


4th December, 2021 | Saturday

First phase of "E- Invoice" comes into implementation.

First phase of Electronic Invoices (Electronic issuance and Save) came into implementation on Saturday, December 4, 2021, which includes all VAT –subject to taxpayers in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia – except non-resident taxpayers in the Kingdom-and any third parties that issue tax invoices on behalf of taxable suppliers.

Authority explained that the first phase of electronic invoices (Phase of issuing and saving electronically) consists in completely stopping the use of handwritten invoices or invoices written by computers through text editors or number analysis programs, as well as making sure that there is a technical solution for electronic invoices compatible with its pre-declared requirements, In addition to making sure to issue and save electronic invoices with all items, including QR code, serial number of the invoice for simplified tax invoices, the tax number of the buyer registered in VAT for tax invoices, in addition to making sure to include the invoice address according to the type of source.

Zakat, Tax and Customs noted the great awareness of large proportion of the taxpayers and their preparedness ahead of the scheduled date for the implementation of the first phase of the project, which confirms the role played by the authority to prepare private sector facilities and make aware them to the requirements of applying electronic invoices.

During the last phase, authority continued its awareness efforts in order to enhance awareness among all taxpayers, where it launched a detailed guidelines containing a detailed explanation of all tariffs related to electronic invoices, and clarifying the categories of E-Invoices regulations, in addition to the types of electronic invoices as well as the types of transactions.

Authority also launched an educational trip for E-Invoice through its website, which includes all information and details related to e-invoice, including tariffs, application phases, requirements for each of the two phases, as well as prohibitions of e-invoice solutions.

The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (ZATCA) has invited e-invoice operators and all interested parties to contact for any queries related to e-invoice via Unified Contact Center number (19993), which operates 24*7, or "ask Zakat, Tax and Customs" account on Twitter (@zatca_Care) or through e-mail (info@zatca.gov.sa )or via on-the-spot conversations on the website (ZATCA.gov.sa).​


23rd November, 2021 | Tuesday

"Zakat, Tax and Customs" invites VAT taxpayers to submit their tax returns”

Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (Zatca) has invited business sectors subject to VAT to submit their tax returns for the month of last October till 30th of November.

"Zakat, Tax and Customs" urged business sectors to submit their tax returns quickly through website (ZATCA.gov.sa) to avoid penalty to file the declaration within the specified period, at minimum of 5% and maximum of 25% of the tax value that taxpayers have to return tax.

Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (Zatca) has invited business sectors wishing to obtain more information on VAT to contact them via Unified Contact Centre number (19993), which operates 24*7, or "ask Zakat, Tax and Customs" account on Twitter (@Zatca_Care), or via e-mail (@Zatca_Care). info@zatca.gov.sa (or instant conversations via the authority's website (ZATCA.gov.sa).

VAT is one of the tax regulations implementation in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and this is an indirect tax levied on all goods and services purchased and sold by establishments with some exceptions.


17th November, 2021 | Tuesday

"Zakat, Tax and Customs" announces the most prominent application for violations, electronic invoices and fines.

Zakat, tax and Customs Authority revealed the most prominent application for fines and violations of first phase of electronic invoices (Phase of issuance and save electronically) which will start from 4 December 2021, and explained that in case of violation for not issuing and saving invoices electronically fine will start from SAR 5,000, While the violation of not including QR code in the simplified tax invoice, violation of not writing the VAT registration number of the establishment that made the purchase in the tax invoices, and the violation of not reporting any malfunction that impede the issuance of electronic invoices it’s penalty starts from warning to establishment ,Authority also explained that the violation of deleting or modifying electronic invoices after issue penalty will start from SR 10,000, and explained that all fines will be applied according to type of violation and the number of times repeated, and explained more details about the violations and fines for the application of electronic during visit to website.

Authority stressed the importance the need to quickly prepare for electronic invoice regulation for their establishment with the requirements of the first phase of electronic invoice, and explained that the requirements to comply with the first phase consists in completely stopping the use of handwritten invoices or invoices written with computers through text editors or Added value of tax invoices, and also ensure that the invoice address is included according to type of source.

"Zakat, Tax and Customs" explained that the taxpayers subject to electronic invoice can consult the non-binding indicative list of providers of electronic invoices for technical solutions published on the authority's website at the following link, in order to choose the appropriate technical solution for the size of the facility and the type of sector, stressing that it is not understood from the list. Instead, it is a system when the taxpayer achieves the requirements for electronic invoices using any technical solution.


9th November, 2021 | Tuesday

"Zakat, Tax and Customs" launches educational trip for air, land and sea import.

The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority has launched the "Educational Trip for Air, Land and Sea Import" on its website, which allows establishments, workers in this field and those interested to know all the details related to import process, its methods and procedures, in an interactive way that contains videos and questions, with the aim of facilitating and simplifying for everyone.

The educational trip for air, land and sea import includes many details, most notably: the definition of import and its methods, the advantages of import, in addition to the mechanism for collecting fees and taxes, as well as tracking shipments.

The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority had earlier launched the "Educational tour for Importing Vehicles", which includes the controls for importing vehicles in the Kingdom and its requirements for citizens and residents, and documents required to complete the vehicle import procedures, as well as vehicles whose importation is prohibited in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The two educational trips for air, land and sea importing vehicles are part of a series of educational trips that the authority provides through its website ZATCA.gov.sa for many Zakat, Tax and Customs regulations and regulations, where the duration of educational trips through the authority’s website exceeds one million training and educational minutes.


8th November, 2021 | Monday

"Zakat, Tax and Customs" invites Taxpayers to submit their tax returns for the past month.

The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (ZATCA) has invited the business sectors to submit the tax return in the kingdom for the month of last October, maximum time till 10 November.

The authority urged its officials to submit their tax returns quickly through its website (ZATCA.gov.sa), in order to avoid the penalty for default in the specified period, 1% of the unpaid tax for every thirty days in case of delay from the due date.

Tax deduction is one of the tax regulations implemented in KSA that is deducted from the total income of non-resident in the kingdom for the services provided by KSA, in accordance with specified Article 63 of the Income Tax Regulations.


1st November, 2021 | Monday

"Zakat, Tax and Customs" applies the new VAT entitlement mechanism for establishments contracted with government agencies starting from Today Monday.

The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority will begin on Monday, November 1st, 2021, the implementation of new mechanism for VAT accrual for establishments contracted with government agencies, following the recent decision of the board of Directors of the authority to approve the amendment of the provisions of Article (20) of the executive regulation of VAT, which specifies the date of supply.

This amendment to the regulations includes changing the date of supply and the accrual of Value Added Tax on all supplies of goods or services made by establishments contracted with government agencies in accordance with contracts concluded agencies with the government competition and procurement system, so that the date of entitlement to the tax is the date of issuance of the payment order for the claim for the supplies subject to tax in accordance with the procedures of the competition system or date of receipt of the supply return, in order to ensure that the establishments receives the tax for the supply prior to its declaration and payment to the authority in its periodic declarations.

The authority has held several awareness workshops on this amendment since the first day of the issuance of the amendment resolution, in cooperation with government agencies, business sector and Federation of Saudi Chambers, in order to clarify all the details regarding the amendment and its desired objectives.

The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority recently launched the Simplified Guide to modify the tax processing of supplies made by establishments for the benefit of government agencies according to competition and government procurement system, which includes definition of the decision with a simplified explanation of the new mechanism, in addition to the tax return.


28th October, 2021 | Thursday

Zakat, Tax and Customs Academy wins the most Distinctive learning and Development Strategy Award.

Zakat, Tax and Customs Academy has won the "Most Distinctive Learning & Development Strategy" Award, one of the awards given by the Government Human Resources summit in Dubai to governmental, semi-governmental and private organizations in the GCC countries.

This achievement came during the Academy's participation this week in the ninth edition of the Government Human Resources summit, which provides an ideal platform for the GCC community to meet and work towards the vision of advancing the region's position as a leader in human capital development.

Every year, a group of regional and international business thinkers, experts and decision makers in the field of government and private Human Resources Development participate in the conference to showcase success stories, best practices and experiences in human resources management, technology, and the content of the intellectual stimulation industry.

It is worth mentioning that last year, the Zakat, Tax and Customs Academy won the Excellence in Talent Management Award, awarded by the Government Human Resources summit in Dubai, which demonstrates its ability to manage its outstanding human resources, building an effective and sustainable working relationship that contributes to achieving the organization's higher goals.


26th October, 2021 | Tuesday

"Zakat, Tax and Customs" 40 days remaining on the application of the first phase of E invoice (invoice).

Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (ZATCA) has called on its officials subject to the e-invoice regulation for necessary preparation quickly with the requirements of the first phase, which remains 40 days, which will come into implementation on 4 December 2021.

ZATCA explained that the requirements to comply with the first phase of E invoice are to completely stop using handwritten invoices or computer-written invoices via text editors or number analysis software, as well as to ensure that there is a technical solution for E invoice that is compatible with its requirements.

The requirements also include ensuring the issuance and preservation of E invoices with all items, including QR code for simplified tax invoices, the buyer's tax number registered in VAT for tax invoices, in addition to ensuring that the invoice address is included according to the type of issuer.

"Zakat, Tax and Customs" stressed that the taxpayers subject to E invoice can consult the non-binding indicative list of providers of E invoice solutions, which was previously published on the authority's website via the following link.

The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (ZATCA) has invited the e- invoice operators, the e-invoice system providers and those interested to contact it for any queries related to e-invoice (invoice), through the Unified Contact Center number (19993), which operates 24 hours a week, or the "ask Zakat, Tax and Customs" account on Twitter (@ZATCA_Care) or info@ZATCA.gov.sa (or via on-the-spot conversations on the website (ZATCA.gov.sa).


22nd October, 2021 | Friday

“Zakat, Tax and Customs" thwarts the attempt to smuggle "crushed" Captagon pills equivalent to more than 5.2 million pills.


20th October, 2021 | Wednesday

"Zakat, Tax and Customs" invites taxpayers from the business sector to submit VAT returns for the month of September and the third quarter.

The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (Zakat) has invited those from the business sector subject to VAT to submit their tax returns for last September and the third quarter of 2021, till 31st of October.

"Zakat, Tax and Customs" urged business sectors to submit their tax returns quickly through the website (ZATCA.gov.sa), to avoid fine and declaration within the specified period, at a minimum of 5% and a maximum of 25% of the tax value that the taxpayer had to declare.

The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (Zakat) has invited business sectors wishing to obtain more information on VAT to contact them via Unified Contact Center number (19993), which operates 24 hours a week, or "ask Zakat, Tax and Customs" account on Twitter (@ZATCA_Care), or via e-mail (info@ZATCA.gov.sa)or instant conversations via the authority's website (ZATCA.gov.sa).

Value added tax (VAT) is one of the tax systems implemented in Saudi Arabia and is an indirect tax levied on all goods and services purchased and sold by establishments with some exceptions.


14th October, 2021 | Thursday

“Zakat, Tax and Customs" seize more than 900 tax violations in a week.

The inspection teams of the Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority have seized more than 900 violations of the provisions of the tax regulations in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, during which they carried out more than 8,500 inspection visits during the past week, on markets and shops in various regions and cities of the kingdom.

The seized irregularities ranged from the non-issuance of tax invoices, the non-collection of VAT from the consumer, as well as the absence of a tax number on the invoice, as well as the absence of tax seals on tobacco products.

The authority invited consumers to report any establishment for which any tax violations are detected through the official website .ZATCA.gov.sa), or through the VAT application on smartphones, where the authority offers incentive bonuses for tax whistleblowers at a rate of 2.5% of the value of fines up to a maximum of one million riyals or a minimum of 1000 riyals.


11th October, 2021 | Monday

  • Zakat, Tax and Customs launches new mechanism guidelines especially for entitlement of VT with government agencies.

  • Starting from 1st of November Zakat, Tax and Customs are amending entitlement of VAT for companies contracted with government.

  • Zakat, Tax and Customs invites Taxpayers subject to the withholding Tax to submit tax return.


Source: ZATCA.gov.sa


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