The General Authority of Zakat and Tax (GAZT) oversight and field teams held 5,524 inspection rounds on markets and commercial shops in various cities and regions across the Kingdom. 879 violations of the provisions of the Kingdom's tax laws were detected.
The inspection visits covered several sectors including retail, real estate, and petroleum services. The violations detected included the absence of the tax number in the invoice, the collection of a tax less than the basic rate, and the absence of tax stamps on tobacco products.
GAZT revealed that the violations detected were, in a large part, reported by consumers through the official reporting channels, as the Authority's Supervision and Inspection Department received 288 complaints during the same period.
The Authority's inspection rounds on markets are part of the supervisory efforts by the oversight and field teams to reinforce taxpayers' compliance and prevent commercial transactions in violation of the GAZT-enforced regulations and instructions.
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 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.