As the Government of Oman has announced the latest implementation of the VAT in business deals across the country, various business organizations are being pushed to adopt new and advanced Tax embedded business transaction technologies. Which has become the most important need of the hour!
Preparing for VAT!
The 3-phase process
Phase 1: Impact assessment
- Perform detailed analysis of end to end business transaction flows (GAP analysis)
- Perform walkthrough of the sales/accounts receivable cycle and purchases/accounts payable cycle and identify VAT-risk areas
- Mapping transaction for VAT enablement (tax mapping)
- Review contracts and identify the VAT impact
- Provide report on VAT compliance needs
Phase 2: VAT Implementation and training
- Review existing IT systems and assess their suitability for VAT enablement
- Review system design and monitor the implementation of the recommended change to IT systems
- Work with the in-house IT team/Vendors to finalize and identify the customizations /configurations necessary to be made to the IT system to ensure that system meets Oman VAT law requirements
- Review credit policies and advise on cash flow management and inventory management related areas
- Conduct a function-specific VAT workshop to personnel in preparation to meet the VAT compliance obligations
Phase 3: Compliance Assistance
- Assist in VAT registration
- Guidance on first VAT Return filing and related documentation
- Provide periodic VAT updates
Deadlines and Turnover limits for VAT registration
SOME IMPORTANT OMAN GOV. WEBSITE LINKS FOR VAT QUERIES
VAT Registration Application – For Resident no CRN
VAT Registration Application – For Non Resident
VAT Registration Manual Guide – Persons with CRN
How to Print/Issue VAT Certificate
How to Update VAT Registration Application
Oman VAT ID Number Validity Verification Link
VAT Law English Translation
VAT Regulation unofficial English version
VAT – Business – FAQ
Determining Food Items subject to Value Added Tax at Zero Rate
Impact on Retail and Restaurant businesses
Let us look into some of the most prevalent scenarios in Oman to understand the VAT implications 👇🏻
One of the most traditional sale strategy is ‘discounts’ where the customer is benefited by reduction in price. Now the question which retailers will have is; will VAT be charged on the value after considering the discount or on the full value of supply without considering the discount? Practically, VAT should be collected on the discounted price paid by the customer.
In the case of ‘bundle offer’ given by retailers like buy one get one free or buy three for RO 10, a single consideration is received from the customer and will be construed as the consideration for all the items sold and accordingly VAT will be applied. The key challenge foreseen for retailers here will be how the tax invoice will disclose the same, how the pricing in the product master will accommodate the offer and how the accounting module will be redesigned to reflect correct VAT treatment. Though this may look gimmick to retailers but as Oman has only two VAT rates 5% and 0%, there will not be many complication as in case of pick-n-mix bundle offer prevalent in other sales tax regimes around the globe with multiple tax rates over products.
In the case of ‘free gifts’ offered by retailers like shop worth RO 20 and get a pack of 10 masks free, the question is how will the free item be treated for VAT purpose. The Executive Regulation will most likely exempt low value items from being treated as deemed supply. However, anything above the stated limit with be subject to VAT. That means VAT is not collected from the customer as the items is given for free but VAT liability exists for the retailer and is to be paid to the Tax Authorities. This is something which should alert retailer as to how the accounting modules will be automated to account VAT correctly for an item with zero sale price.
Big international retail-chains, hotels and airlines have loyalty programs or cards mainly to boost repetitive sales. Will those be subject to VAT? Automobile dealers offer free service and offer free accessories on vehicle sales. How the same will be treated for VAT? Many time corporates give gifts to their employees on which they have claimed input credit. What will the VAT impact on such transactions?
An effective VAT embedded POS Software/ERP in Oman and Muscat can also help to manage all your accounts and records after paying or deducting taxes. It can also help you to manage critical business requirements and simplify the business processes easily and effectively.
It is the need of the hour for all business partners in Oman to maintain and manage their accounts by VAT embedded efficient ERP/POS software systems that can handle all the decisions related to the business. So that they can save time and help businesses to flourish effectively and efficiently.
How does Saleculator help?!
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