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November 21, 2023
2023-1934

Saudi Arabia announces ninth wave of Phase 2 e-invoicing integration

  • Saudi Arabia's Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority has announced the criteria for taxpayers to be included in the ninth wave of Phase 2 e-invoicing integration.
  • Taxpayers resident in Saudi Arabia, with a taxable turnover above SAR30m during the calendar year 2021 or 2022, should comply with the Phase 2 e-invoicing requirements that are effective from 1 June 2024.

Executive summary

On 17 November 2023, the Saudi Arabia Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (ZATCA) announced on its website that taxpayers resident in Saudi Arabia, with a taxable turnover exceeding 30m Saudi Riyal (SAR30m) during calendar year 2021 or 2022, will fall within the ninth wave of Phase 2 e-invoicing integration and should comply with the Phase 2 requirements. The ZATCA will notify the impacted taxpayers in preparation for linking and integrating their electronic invoicing systems with the ZATCA's e-invoicing platform (Fatoora).

Further, the ZATCA Governor has issued Decision No. 23771 dated 30/04/1445 AH, which was published in the Official Gazette on 17 November 2023, and mentions that the taxpayers coming under the ninth wave should comply with the Phase 2 e-invoicing requirements between 1 June 2024 and 30 September 2024, inclusive of both dates.

Detailed discussion

Background

On 4 December 2020, the ZATCA introduced e-invoicing in Saudi Arabia, releasing the E-Invoicing Regulation. E-invoicing in Saudi Arabia is being implemented in two phases:

  • Phase 1, effective from 4 December 2021, mandates generation of e-invoices and e-notes, including related processing and record keeping.
  • Phase 2, effective from 1 January 2023, mandates integration of a taxpayer's system with the ZATCA, along with the transmission of e-invoices and e-notes to the ZATCA. This phase is being implemented in waves. The criteria and timelines for the first eight waves, which were previously announced, are:

Wave

Criteria

Timeline

11

Turnover of more than SAR3b during calendar year 2021

1 January 2023 to 30 June 2023

22

Turnover of more than SAR500m up to SAR3b during calendar year 2021

1 July 2023 to 31 December 2023

33

Turnover of more than SAR250m during calendar year 2021 or 2022

1 October 2023 to 31 January 2024

44

Turnover of more than SAR150m during calendar year 2021 or 2022

1 November 2023 to 29 February 2024

55

Turnover of more than SAR100m during calendar year 2021 or 2022

1 December 2023 to 31 March 2024

66

Turnover of more than SAR70m during calendar year 2021 or 2022

1 January 2024 to 30 April 2024

77

Turnover of more than SAR50m during calendar year 2021 or 2022

1 February 2024 to 31 May 2024

88

Turnover of more than SAR40m during calendar year 2021 or 2022

1 March 2024 to 30 June 2024

The ZATCA has already notified resident businesses falling under the first eight waves to comply with Phase 2 of e-invoicing as per their applicable timelines.

ZATCA announcement

Based on the latest announcements, the ZATCA will begin notifying taxpayers who fall within the ninth wave of Phase 2 e-invoicing integration, to go live within the period between 1 June 2024 and 30 September 2024, inclusive of both dates.

Implications

Resident businesses should comply with the obligations of Phase 2 e-invoicing integration based on the ZATCA notification and undertake the relevant steps in making the required changes in their information technology systems. Taxpayers should comply with the Phase 2 requirements in line with the e-invoicing regulation to preclude possible penalties.

Taxpayers who do not fall within the first eight waves of Phase 2 e-invoicing integration should monitor future announcements from the ZATCA on the integration timeline period applicable to them in subsequent waves.

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For additional information with respect to this Alert, please contact the following:

EY Consulting LLC, Dubai

Ernst & Young Professional Services (Professional LLC), Riyadh

Ernst & Young Professional Services (Professional LLC), Jeddah

Ernst & Young Professional Services (Professional LLC), Al Khobar

Ernst & Young — Middle East, Bahrain

Ernst & Young LLP (United States), Middle East Tax Desk, New York

Published by NTD’s Tax Technical Knowledge Services group; Carolyn Wright, legal editor

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ENDNOTES

1 See EY Global Tax Alert, Saudi Arabia releases final e-invoicing regulations for Phase 2, dated 24 June 2022.

2 See EY Global Tax Alert, Saudi Arabia announces second wave of Phase 2 e-invoicing integration, dated 28 December 2022.

3 See EY Global Tax Alert, Saudi Arabia announces third wave of Phase 2 e-invoicing integration, dated 24 March 2023.

4 See EY Global Tax Alert, Saudi Arabia announces fourth wave of Phase 2 e-invoicing integration, dated 2 May 2023.

5 See EY Global Tax Alert, Saudi Arabia announces fifth wave of Phase 2 e-invoicing integration, dated 30 May 2023.

6 See EY Global Tax Alert, Saudi Arabia announces sixth wave of Phase 2 e-invoicing integration, dated 16 June 2023.

7 See EY Global Tax Alert, Saudi Arabia announces seventh wave of Phase 2 e-invoicing integration, dated 31 July 2023.

8 See EY Global Tax Alert, Saudi Arabia announces eighth wave of Phase 2 e-invoicing integration, dated 24 August 2023.

 
 

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