Saudi Zakat, Tax, and Customs Authority issues urgent tax warning

A warning has been issued by the Saudi Arabian Zakat, Tax, and Customs Authority (ZATCA) to businesses that are required to pay value-added tax (VAT) and have yearly earnings more than SR40 million ($10.7 million).

Saudi Warning on VAT Statement Submission

These businesses are required to submit their VAT statements for the month of October by no later than November 30, and failure to comply may result in substantial fines.

Urgent compliance is required.

ZATCA emphasized the urgency for eligible commercial establishments to promptly submit their VAT statements through the official zatca.gov.sa website or by using the ZATCA smartphone application. Taking these actions before the deadline is crucial to avoiding penalties, which can range from a minimum of 5 percent to a maximum of 25 percent of the owed tax value.

Easy online submission

To facilitate compliance, ZATCA has provided online platforms for submitting VAT statements. The zatca.gov.sa website offers a user-friendly interface for the submission process, while the ZATCA smartphone application provides a convenient alternative.

By utilizing these online channels, businesses can ensure timely submission and reduce the risk of incurring fines.

Seeking information and assistance

Commercial taxpayers in Saudi Arabia's VAT system who require additional information or assistance are encouraged to contact ZATCA through various channels. The authority has established a 24/7 call center accessible at 19993, a Twitter account (@Zatca_Care), and an email address ([email protected]) for inquiries.

Additionally, an online instant chat option is available on the official website (www.zatca.gov.sa) to address any concerns or provide clarification on VAT-related matters.

Understanding VAT in Saudi Arabia

A value-added tax is an indirect tax imposed on the majority of goods and services bought and sold by businesses. While it is a standard practice for most establishments, certain exceptions may apply based on specific criteria.

Therefore, it is essential for commercial entities to stay informed about VAT regulations, meet compliance requirements, and seek guidance from ZATCA when needed.

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