Tax regulations

80% of stores and markets have adhered to tax regulations in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH – The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (ZATCA) said it carried out more than 8,000 inspection visits to markets and shops last May, during which it recorded 80% compliance with tax regulations.

While ZATCA reported that they recorded 20% non-compliance of stores and markets with tax regulations, which resulted in electronic tax invoices not being issued, without including the QR code in the invoice, in addition to control other violations in accordance with the provisions of the system.

ZATCA explained that the visits carried out by its supervision and inspection teams in cooperation with the national program against commercial concealment included a number of commercial sectors in various regions and cities of the Kingdom, including: restaurants, cafes, automotive accessory stores, retail.

The inspection visits carried out by ZATCA aim to reinforce the compliance of the stores with the provisions of the tax regulations applicable in Saudi Arabia. It is also intended to limit business transactions in violation of instructions and controls under the jurisdiction of ZATCA.

The authority has urged everyone to report if they detect any of the tax violations through its official website:, or through the authority’s app through iOs and Android.

Anyone who detects a tax offense and reports it to the authority will receive an incentive reward for tax offenses at the rate of 2.5% of the value of the offenses and fines, with a maximum of SR1 million or SR1,000 as a minimum.

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