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Second Phase Implementation: Criteria and Timeline for Electronic Invoicing Integration by ZATCA

The Zakat, Tax, and Customs Authority has established the criteria for selecting target establishments in the ninth group to implement the “linking and integration” phase of electronic invoicing on November 17, 2023. 

This 9th group encompasses all businesses with VAT revenues surpassing SAR 30 million (approx.USD 8 million) in either 2021 or 2022. ZATCA will inform eligible VAT-registered entities to synchronize their e-invoicing systems with the FATOORA Platform, commencing from June 1, 2024.

General Outlook to Phase 2

The Zakat, Tax, and Customs Authority has highlighted that the second phase of electronic invoicing is an extension of the ongoing economic revitalization and digital transformation in the Kingdom. It builds upon the success of the initial phase, which garnered significant positive outcomes, including enhanced consumer protection across the country. The Authority commended the taxpayers for their notable awareness and swift response in implementing the first phase of the project.

In phase 2, tax invoices must be generated in XML format or a PDF/A-3 (with embedded XML). Once the Tax Invoice passes validation checks, FATOORA Platform will “Clear” the Tax Invoice by including a Cryptographic Stamp and a QR Code to the XML. The “Cleared” XML will be returned to the taxpayer using APIs. 

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