Electronic system for registration of excise taxpayers is ready: SGT

June 09, 2019

The Secretariat General for Taxation (SGT) has affirmed the readiness of an electronic system for the registration of taxpayers subject to excise tax, which will be implemented from June 15.

Sulaiman bin Salim al A’adi, director general of survey and tax agreements and head of the excise tax working group at the Secretariat General for Taxation, said that SGT has prepared the electronic system in an integrated manner to apply it in all tax operations – registration, licenses, submission of tax return, and suspension or payment of tax.

He said, “The working group has completed these requirements and is completing the remaining procedures required for an automated link with the relevant government agencies to activate the system in a timely manner. The working group concerned with the implementation of excise tax has prepared a guide to explain the implementation processes and procedures for taxpayers, and a brief guide on the frequently asked questions expected from the public. Both guides are available on the SGT website.”

A’adi added that special telephone numbers have been allocated to respond to the queries or clarifications of consumers and businesses about the application of tax and mechanism of collection. He said that the businesses should maintain a constant contact with relevant stakeholders at the SGT to monitor the developments on the mechanisms of implementing excise tax and to identify other requirements that may arise when the executive regulation is issued.

A’adi pointed out that everyone in possession of excise goods must file a transitional excise tax return only once for the stock of excise goods on the day prior to the date of implementation of the excise tax.