(MENAFN – Gulf Times) The General Tax Authority (GTA) and the General Authority of Customs (GAC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that signifies mutual co-operation in different areas, which include standardisation and co-ordination of policies and procedures related to the implementation of the provisions of excise tax law and its executive regulations, as well as other forms of collaboration of mutual interests in line with Qatar’s National Vision 2030.
The MoU was signed by Ahmed bin Issa al-Mohannadi, GTA’s president; and Ahmed bin Abdullah al-Jamal, GAC’s Chairman. The signing ceremony was held at the GTA’s headquarters.
The MoU aims to achieve co-operation in a number of areas between the two sides, most notably the establishment of an electronic link through the GAC’s customs clearance system (Al-Nadeeb) and the GTA’s tax portal (Dhareeba), in order to exchange information and statistics instantly, and provide an excellent tax services to taxpayers and the general public.
On this occasion, al-Mohannadi stressed the importance of co-operation with the GAC in the matter of collecting and supplying taxes imposed on selective goods and establishing an electronic link between the electronic systems for both sides.
He also stressed that this cooperation is a support for the work of the GTA and the private sector which eases the flow of operations and economic activities by facilitating an effective and rapid collection of fees.
Al-Mohannadi explained that ‘Dhareeba Tax portal is a major development and a quantum leap in the tax system of Qatar, and it is a vital link by connecting the GTA with taxpayers and its partners and the relevant government entities.
The Dhareeba portal manages, calculates and reviews the various types of taxes, he said and added ‘The GTA consistently seeks to create partnerships and cooperation agreements with different partners to achieve the highest level of benefits of the system and maintains a commitment to continuous improvement.
Al-Jamal said ‘Signing of this MoU comes in recognition of the need for cooperation on matters related to tax collection on selective goods imported through customs. Both entities are convinced that joining forces will be more effective.
He said, ‘The GAC developed the customs clearance system (Al-Nadeeb) with the aim to harmonise the provisions related to the calculation and collection of the excise tax, which supports the speed and accuracy of customs and tax procedures that take place through the country’s ports.
Al-Jamal emphasised that ‘The GAC strives to provide the best electronic services related to customs clearance for all sectors in the country. The signing of the MoU stems from the fact that GAC is an economic and security edifice aimed at supporting and protecting the national economy, facilitating international trade operations and encouraging investment by simplifying and facilitating customs procedures, and the required electronic link between the various relevant government agencies in the country, including the GTA.
Under the terms of agreement, GTA and GAC will form a joint venture for co-operation between the two sides, most notably the collection and supply of tax, notification of cases of tax exemption, and the implementation of procedures for tax suspension, refund and postponement.
The MoU also included strengthening co-operation and prior co-ordination between the two sides regarding tax agreements, as well as relevant international and regional meetings.
In addition, the two entities agreed to continue the co-ordination in relations to post-audit procedures that are carried out on importers and taxpayers, and the exchange of information related to crimes of customs smuggling and tax evasion related to goods and commodities subject to excise tax. The agreement also included knowledge exchange programmes and professional training courses for employees of both entities.
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