GAZT issues 135 tax violations during 800 inspections conducted to date in Makkah during the Hajj season




Riyadh, 19 August 2018:
The General Authority for Zakat and Tax (GAZT) announced that it issued 135 VAT-related violations so far during the intensive inspection campaign it is carrying out during the Hajj season. The campaign, which aims to ensure that businesses comply with the tax regulations, included retail and wholesale stores selling food items, fruits and vegetables, dates, roastaries, sweets, and restaurants, and is being conducted during the Hajj season to ensure the compliance of businesses offering retail services for pilgrims.


The violations consisted mainly of failure to follow tax-related bookkeeping procedures, failure to mention the business address on tax invoices and issuance of a tax invoice by an unregistered enterprise. Through its ongoing field inspection campaigns, GAZT seeks to raise awareness amongst businesses about the importance of implementing tax, following up on how they are applying it, and ensuring the proper implementation of all tax procedures.


GAZT also called on pilgrims to use the VAT smart phone app to check whether or not the business they are dealing with is registered in the VAT system, as well as reporting any infringing facilities. They may also report violations to GAZT’s call center by calling (19993).