e-Invoicing system in Saudi Arabia will begin from 4th December 2021 with the first phase. This article covers the scope and applicability of the e-invoicing system in the KSA.
In the Kingdom, all taxable persons under the VAT Regulations are compulsorily required to generate electronic invoices or e-invoices. They must follow the e-Invoicing Regulations and the related implementing resolutions.
‘Taxable persons’ under the VAT law can be either natural persons (individuals) or legal persons (firms or companies) and must satisfy the following:
The applicability of e-invoicing to taxpayers of Saudi Arabia is explained below.
‘Taxable person’ under the e-Invoicing Regulations cover the following persons:
‘Taxable persons’ excludes those not residents in the KSA. They are not required to issue e-invoices or electronic notes for taxable supplies or advances amounts received on them.
The transactions subject to e-invoicing in the KSA are classified based on whether electronic invoices or electronic notes are needed.
Goods and services supplied charged at a standard VAT rate or a zero rate:
Sellers can issue standard e-invoices for taxable goods or services valued at 1,000 riyals or more (charged by a standard VAT rate). The resident may sell such goods or services to taxable or non-taxable persons as per the VAT Regulations. The zero-rated supplies, such as exports and those notified by the VAT Implementing Regulations, are taxable supplies charged by a VAT rate of 0%.
Sellers can issue simplified e-invoices where any zero-rated services or goods are supplied domestically to a person belonging to a non-gulf country, also called a non-GCC resident.
Goods exported from the KSA:
Irrespective of the value of supply, exporters must issue standard e-invoices for exports of goods. Such e-invoices must have total invoice value denominated in USD, whereas the VAT amounts in SAR (riyals).
Intra-GCC supplies as per the Agreement, VAT Law and VAT Implementing Regulations:
Suppose the seller is a resident of the KSA and the buyer is a resident of any Gulf Cooperation Council member country. In that case, it is a case of intra-GCC supplies.
Standard e-invoices must be issued in all such cases. Export provisions and benefits apply to these transactions until the expiry of the transitional period prescribed under Article 79 of the VAT Implementing Regulations. After that, the inter-state supply provisions and VAT rate will apply.
Nominal supplies as per the Agreement, VAT Law, and VAT Implementing Regulations:
A standard e-invoice is required to be generated and stored for all the nominal supplies. However, these nominal supply e-invoices must not be issued to customers since input VAT is no benefit.
Wherever supply does not involve consideration, whether or not in monetary terms, it is classified as nominal supply. Nominal supplies do not cover samples and gifts given during business with a value below 200 riyals.
Any advances received before the actual supply of goods or services:
Electronic invoices must be issued for advances and part payments received on the same day, where the supply is yet to occur.
The following supplies do not require e-invoices or electronic notes, even if the taxable persons carry them out.
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