GAZT issued 56 VAT violations against shops selling women's supplies in Jeddah and Dammam




Riyadh, October 9, 2018:

The General Authority for Zakat and Tax (GAZT) announced that last week it issued 56 VAT-related violations against a number of shops selling women's supplies in Jeddah and Dammam.

In a statement, GAZT said that its all-female field inspection teams carried out inspection campaigns encompassing 70 shops in Jeddah and 55 shops in Dammam. The violations issued included charging VAT by businesses not registered in the VAT system, charging VAT at a rate higher or less than the standard 5% tax rate, as well as not displaying the VAT certificate at the shop and not putting the business’ address on its invoices as stipulated by law.

GAZT noted that its field inspections aim to raise awareness amongst businesses about the importance of applying VAT and supporting them in how to properly apply it.

More than 9,000 field inspection campaigns have been carried out by GAZT since VAT went into effect. The campaigns, which encompass businesses operating across all sectors, are part of GAZT’s efforts aimed at ensuring businesses’ compliance with VAT law and implementing regulations.

Furthermore, GAZT renewed its call to all consumers to use the VAT app, as it allows them to instantly check whether the businesses they deal with are registered in the VAT system, as well as reporting infringing businesses directly through the app or by calling the GAZT call center hotline (19993).