GAZT issues 112 violations during the inspection campaign on stores selling women's necessities in Riyadh



Riyadh 17 September 2018:
As part of its efforts to ensure compliance of businesses with VAT rules and regulations, the General Authority for Zakat and Tax (GAZT) announced that it issued 112 VAT-related violations during its field inspection campaign on stores selling women’s necessities in Riyadh.

The field inspection campaign is the first to be carried out all-female inspection teams since VAT went into effect in the Kingdom and encompassed 178 commercial establishments. The violations consisted mainly of charging tax by businesses not registered in the VAT system and charging tax at rates higher or lower than the standard 5% rate.

Through these campaigns, GAZT seeks to educate businesses about the importance of proper VAT implementation, noting that the team will continue its inspections to sectors catering to female consumers to monitor how these businesses implement VAT and ensure compliance with all VAT-related procedures.

GAZT’s field campaigns were launched since the first day VAT went into effect in the Kingdom to ensure tax compliance by businesses operating in the various sectors. 

All consumers are encouraged by GAZT to use the VAT smart phone app, as it allows them to check whether or not the business they deal with is registered in the VAT system and report tax-related violations.  Consumers may also report infringing businesses by calling the GAZT call center (19993).