Non-resident taxpayers welcome the change, which is expected to ease the burden of VAT compliance.
Foreign VAT-registered entities no longer need to appoint a local fiscal representative in KSA.
In an effort to make VAT compliance in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) less of a burden for non-resident taxpayers, Saudi Arabia announced that they have amended their VAT laws and the obligatory requirement for foreign VAT-registered entities to appoint a local fiscal representative in Saudi Arabia has been removed by the General Authority of Zakat and Tax (GAZT).
On 1 January 2018, VAT was introduced to the region and since then non-resident businesses were required to appoint a local VAT agent for all their VAT needs.
New process for foreign VAT-registered entities in KSA.
Going forward, there is a requirement that foreign tax payers without fiscal representation need to appoint a local accountant for record-keeping but the clients will now be able to contact the tax authorities directly through the GAZT portal.
The non-domestic entities will also need to set up a bank deposit or a bank guarantee with the GAZT to cover VAT obligations. This amount will be determined by the GAZT but it is estimated to be approximately six months of VAT liabilities.
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