Developments on E-Invoicing in Saudi Arabia

Ritik Ritik    25 February 2021
Developments on E-Invoicing in Saudi Arabia

The General Authority of Zakat and Tax (‘GAZT’) has published Electronic Invoicing regulation on 4th December 2020. The new regulation defines the provisions, terms and requirements related to electronic invoices.  A 12-month window has been given to the taxpayers to comply with the new regulation.

What is an E-Invoice?

A tax invoice generated in a structured electronic format through electronic means will be termed as an E-Invoice. However, a scanned copy of paper invoice will not be considered as an E-Invoice.

What are Electronic Notes?

Debit and credit notes issued in a structured electronic format through electronic means that must be issued in accordance with the VAT Law and its Implementing Regulation.

Who will be subject to the regulations of E-invoicing?

  1. A taxable person that is a resident in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  2. A customer or any third party that issues a tax invoice on behalf of the taxable person that is a resident in the Kingdom according to the VAT Implementing Regulation.

Persons who are not resident in the Kingdom are not required to issue Electronic Invoices or Electronic Notes for supplies or amounts received which are subject to tax in the Kingdom

The Electronic Invoices and Electronic Notes issued under this Regulation are considered tax invoices and credit and debit notes according to what is stated in the VAT Law and its Implementing Regulation. All provisions applied to tax invoices and credit and debit notes shall apply to them, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • The provisions related to the fines and penalties stated in chapter (16) of the VAT Law.
  • The provisions related to the required details that must be included in the tax invoices and the simplified tax invoices as stated in article (53) of the VAT Implementing Regulation.
  • The provisions related to issuing credit and debit notes as stated in article (54) of the VAT Implementing Regulation.
  • The provisions related to record keeping and the issuance of invoices as stated in article (66) of the VAT Implementing Regulation.

What are the main Technical specifications related to E-Invoicing?

The technical solution used to issue Electronic Invoices and Electronic Notes:

  • must be able to connect to a secure internet connection.
  • shall be able to connect with external systems using the Application Programming Interface (API).
  • is tamperproof and should include a mechanism that allows to detect any tampering performed by the user or any other party.
  • should consider all requirements and controls which relate to data or information security or cyber security applied in the Kingdom.

The Governor may specify any controls, requirements, technical specifications or additional procedural rules related to the Electronic Invoices and Electronic Notes

What is the timeline to comply with the E-Invoicing regulation?

Taxpayers are required to comply by 4th December, 2021 with the E-invoicing regulation.

The Governor has the authority to determine the time limits and targeted groups as well as issuing the necessary decisions and instructions to implement the provisions of this Regulation. The E-Invoicing regulation is to promote transparent and fair business practices in Saudi Arabia. Taxpayers must comply with the regulation within 12-month window to avoid penalties or fines.

 

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