The oversight and field teams of the General Authority of Zakat and Tax (GAZT) detected 462 violations of the provisions of the Kingdom's tax laws, during 2,499 inspection rounds on markets and commercial shops in various cities and regions across the Kingdom.
The inspection visits covered several sectors including retail, restaurants, and general trade. The violations detected included the collection of taxes higher than the basic rates, absence of the tax number on the invoice, and non-maintenance of the tax documents and invoices.
GAZT revealed that the violations detected were, in a large part, reported by consumers through the official reporting channels, as the Authority's Oversight and Inspection Department received 194 complaints during the same period.
GAZT has reiterated its calls to business owners to enforce the 15% VAT, and warned that its inspection visits to the markets and commercial shops shall continue to ensure taxpayers are in compliance with the provisions of the Kingdom's tax laws.
The Authority also urges all consumers to lodge their reports against any establishment that does not apply the 15% VAT, via the VAT App or GAZT's website (gazt.gov.sa). GAZT offers incentive rewards for people who file reports on tax violations; rewards amount to 2.5% of the value of violations and fines, at a maximum of 1 million riyals or a minimum of 1000 riyals.