VAT’s UP

NBR Cracks Down on VAT and Excise Violations with 174 Inspections in Local Markets

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Manama November 28 2023:

The National Bureau for Revenue (NBR) conducted around 174 inspections within local markets in October this year. The visits resulted in 37 violations being filed, which required the imposition of administrative fines in accordance with the Value Added Tax (VAT) and Excise Law. This was in addition to other offences such as VAT and excise evasion that resulted in the closure of some outlets.

The NBR yesterday warned it would take legal measures against violating businesses and refer those who are proven to have evaded taxes, to the authorities concerned to initiate criminal action. The law stipulates offenders could face five years in jail and a fine equivalent to three times the amount of VAT due, or imprisonment for one year and a fine equivalent to double the evaded excise tax. Meanwhile, the NBR confirmed the continuation of inspection campaigns and has urged all registered businesses to abide by the law.

For enquiries related to VAT and excise or to report any violations, you can reach teh NBR call centre on 80008001 available 24/7, or through the National Suggestions and Complaints System (Tawasul), vat@nbr.gov.bh for VAT-related queries and ds@nbr.gov.bh for Digital Stamps Scheme queries.

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