First phase of “electronic invoicing” comes into effect in KSA

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KSA E-Invoicing got into effect from December 4, 2021 as per the guidelines shared by ZATCA.

Apart from it, ZATCA also did provide the penalties for violation of implementation of e-invoicing by 4th December, 2021, as per guidelines.

ZATCA share an article for the same which is shared below:

The first phase of electronic invoicing (the phase of electronic issuance and filing) came into effect today, Saturday, December 4, 2021, which includes all taxpayers subject to value-added tax in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – with the exception of taxpayers who are not residing in the Kingdom – and any other parties that issue tax invoices on behalf of taxable supplier.

The authority clarified that the first stage of electronic billing (the stage of electronic issuance and preservation) consists in completely stopping the use of handwritten invoices or invoices written on computers through text editing programs or number analysis programs, as well as making sure that there is a technical solution for electronic billing that complies with its announced requirements. In advance, in addition to making sure that electronic invoices are issued and saved with all elements, including the QR Code and the invoice serial number for simplified tax invoices, and the tax number of the buyer registered in the value-added tax for tax invoices, in addition to ensuring that the invoice address is included according to the type issued .

The “Zakat, Tax and Customs” noted the great awareness it saw among a large proportion of taxpayers and their readiness before the deadline for implementing the first phase of the project, which confirms the role played by the authority to prepare private sector establishments and raise their awareness of the requirements for applying electronic invoicing.

During the last stage, the authority was continuing its awareness efforts in order to enhance awareness among all taxpayers, as it worked to launch a detailed guide that contains a detailed explanation of all definitions related to electronic billing, and to clarify the categories subject to the electronic billing regulation, in addition to the types of electronic bills as well as the types of transactions.
The authority also launched an educational journey for electronic billing on its website, which includes all the information and details related to electronic billing, including: definitions, application stages, requirements for each of the two stages, as well as the prohibitions of electronic billing solutions.

The Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority called on taxpayers subject to electronic invoicing and all those interested, to communicate with it for any inquiries related to electronic invoicing (invoice), through the unified call center number (19993), which works 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or the account “Ask Zakat and Tax” and Customs” on Twitter (@zatca_Care) or through e-mail (, or via instant chats on the website.

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