General Authority for Zakat and Income gears up on mutual agreements with ministries to enforce VAT

Updated 19 November 2017
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General Authority for Zakat and Income gears up on mutual agreements with ministries to enforce VAT

JEDDAH: The General Authority for Zakat and Income (GAZI) is geared to sign a cooperation deal with the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs following similar agreements with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development and the Customs Department in the context of its preparations to enforce the value added tax (VAT) on Jan. 1, 2018.

Meanwhile, the governor of GAZI, Suhail Abanami said the authority seeks to sign these deals to encourage government agencies to register and achieve the required preparedness before the launch of the VAT system, and provide all means of support and quality services in this regard.

Government agencies have many steps to undertake in preparation for the application of the VAT system and, therefore, GAZI exerts its best to support agencies and upgrade their efficiency, he said.

The GAZI governor urged qualified government establishments, whose annual revenues exceed SR1,000,000 ($266,649), to register for the VAT system before Dec. 20, 2017 through the website vat.gov.sa

For his part, the spokesman for the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Hamad Al-Omar, lauded the efforts being exerted by the authority to ensure the application of the VAT system, adding that they were working smoothly with GAZI to serve the national interests.


Houthis accused of looting humanitarian aid

A worker unloads aid packages from a Saudi air force cargo plane, at an airfield in the northern province of Marib, Yemen, in this January 22, 2018 photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 23 July 2018
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Houthis accused of looting humanitarian aid

  • The Yemen Scholars Association condemned the Houthi militia for looting relief aid in areas under its control

JEDDAH: The Yemen Scholars Association on Saturday blamed the Iranian-backed Houthi militias for the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Yemen.
The associated accused the Houthis of looting humanitarian aid.
According to the Yemeni scholars, Houthi actions have resulted in the suspension of salaries of hundreds of thousands of employees for nearly two years.
The Association praised the efforts and humanitarian support of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), which provides, directly and indirectly, most of the humanitarian relief support for the Yemeni people.
The Yemen Scholars Association condemned the Houthi militia for looting relief aid in areas under its control.
According to a human rights report, At least 113 people have been tortured to death in detention centers in Yemen run by the Houthis since the coup began
Yemeni Human Rights Minister Mohammed Askar told Arab News that the figures in the report were only estimates and that the real figures were much higher.