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  ZATCA: Less than 30 Days Remaining Before the Cancellation of Fines and Exemption of Penalties Initiative Ends

The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (ZATCA) has urged all taxpayers subject to the Tax Laws to leverage from the “Cancellation of Fines and Exemption of Penalties Initiative" Which ends on December 31, 2023.

ZATCA has clarified that the fines covered by the exemption, include fines for late registration in all tax laws, late payment, late filing of returns fines in all tax laws, and fines to correct VAT returns, as well as fines for violations of VAT field control related to applying the e-invoicing regulations and other VAT general regulations.

The Initiative stipulated that for a taxpayer to benefit from the exemption, taxpayers had to be registered with the tax system and submit all previously unsubmitted returns to ZATCA, as well as paying all the principal tax debt associated with the outstanding returns. Taxpayers can also request an installment plan from ZATCA as long as the application is submitted while the initiative is still in effect and all due installments are paid by the due dates specified in the Authority-approved installment plan. It is important to note that the Initiative excludes penalties related to tax evasion violations and fines paid before the initiative's effective date.

ZATCA has invited taxpayers to view the details of the initiative through the simplified guideline available on its website, which includes a detailed explanation of the most important aspects of the decision; such as the types of penalties that are included in the decision, the conditions for benefiting from the exempt fines and the steps for installment financial dues, and field control violations.

ZATCA urges all taxpayers to benefit from the initiative after its extension, which ends 31 December 2023. ZATCA encourages them to contact the Authority if they have any inquiries via the unified call center number (19993), which is available 24/7, or through (X) account (@Zatca_Care​), e-mail (, or instant conversations through the ZATCA's website (

03 December 2023
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Last Update: 03 Dec 2023 11:57 AM Saudi Arabia Time