The supervisory and inspection teams at the Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority carried out a wide inspection campaign in various cities and governorates of the Kingdom with the participation of all branches of the Authority, which included more than 23,000 inspection visits to establishments and sectors subject to the tax regulations in force in the Kingdom.
These inspection visits to taxable establishments resulted in the seizure of 2,984 tax violations, in several commercial sectors, primarily real estate, accommodation, and retail. Some of them were as a result of communications received by the Authority from consumers.
On the customs level, the authority’s control and inspection teams conducted seven joint field campaigns, with the aim of detecting smuggled goods by reviewing and seizing documents, correspondences, commercial contracts and documents related directly or indirectly to customs operations.
After the implementation of the seven field campaigns carried out, the perpetrators of customs smuggling crimes were presented to the competent courts through the Public Prosecution to impose regular penalties against them, in addition to imposing fines on violators and confiscating the seized smuggled goods.
These campaigns included the participation of many relevant authorities, namely: the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, the field control of the Riyadh police, the Food and Drug General Authority, the Civil Defense, and the National Tobacco Control Committee at the Ministry of Health.
These campaigns and inspection visits are a continuation of the supervisory role played by the Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority to curb tax violations and smuggling crimes, as the authority carries out hundreds of inspection visits in all its branches in various regions and cities of the Kingdom.
The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority renewed its call on all citizens and residents to report any tax violations, through the website (gazt.gov.sa), or using the value-added tax application, where the authority offers incentive rewards to whistleblowers of tax violations by 2, 5% of the value of violations and fines, with a maximum of one million riyals or 1,000 riyals as a minimum.
The authority called for contacting it through the Security Reports Center (1910) to report any information related to smuggling crimes and violations of the provisions of the unified customs system.