The Board of Directors of the General Authority of Zakat and Tax
(GAZT), chaired by His Excellency the Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan, has approved
the VAT Implementing Regulations ahead of the introduction of VAT in the Kingdom on 1 st
January 2018. The regulations have been published in Umm Al-Qura on 1-1- 1439 Hijri,
corresponding to 22 nd September 2017.
The Regulations, which build on the GCC Unified VAT Agreement and Saudi VAT Law, govern
all aspects of the implementation of VAT in Saudi Arabia. The Regulations include 79 articles,
divided in 12 chapters, and set out the scope of taxation for certain goods and services, explain
registration rules and eligibility of businesses for VAT, zero-rated and exempted supplies, the
treatment of imports and exports, among other areas.
The Regulations were finalised following a public consultation and are available on the dedicated
VAT.GOV.SA website, launched by GAZT last month. The new website features a range of
resources to help businesses prepare for VAT, including video tutorials, guidelines and
information packs on every aspect of the registration and readiness process.
The Governor of GAZT, His Excellency Suhail Abanmi, commented: “Businesses of all sizes
have much to do to prepare for the introduction of VAT and GAZT is ready to support them
through the process. Ensuring businesses understand the implications of VAT – and the steps
needed to prepare – is a priority for GAZT. I urge all businesses to look closely at the regulations
and their preparations for VAT, and the resources we have developed.”
VAT is being introduced in Saudi Arabia on 1 st January 2018, as part of the GCC Unified VAT