Saudi Arabia: Tax Authority Publishes English Version of General VAT Guidelines

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Zakat and Tax has published the English version of its general VAT guide, which was originally published in Arabic in October. The guide provides information to taxpayers on a wide variety of VAT obligations in the Kingdom. It covers topics such as VAT registration, charging VAT and issuing VAT invoices, deducting VAT on purchases, filing returns and interacting with the Authority on VAT matters and disputes. It also includes useful reference material, such as a tax invoice example, definitions of technical VAT terms, an illustrative VAT return form and a high-level decision tree for when VAT is expected to be applied. The guide is aimed at a broad audience and offers a good starting point for all taxpayers with respect to understanding VAT compliance obligations.

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