The government provides certain rules and regulations concerning payment of value added tax and expects all businesses and individuals to be compliant. Fulfilling tax obligations is mandatory and the funds are used in projects for development of the country and infrastructure. Certain measures can be taken by the authorities for tax evasion and failing to submit honest and accurate tax returns. The agency offers assistance to those intending to register for value added tax and one can send applications or visit the agency. Upon registrations, users get value added tax numbers and are then allowed to sell products while including the value added tax to each item.
Unless the business is registered, it is illegal to charge the value added tax for the services and products offered to consumers. An accounting period which is due after every three months requires the registered persons to submit a value added tax return. The value added tax return indicates such details as total sales and purchases, amount of tax owed to the agency and refundable amounts. The tax payable by users varies based on the nature of operations, net worth of the business and types of services provided. Importing and exporting goods, selling products and services and exchanging goods require value added tax to be paid.
After calculating the amount of tax owed to the agency, one can pay through online means or they can deposit the funds in given accounts. The agency assists those having some issues such as being late, inaccurate tax reports and many more concerns. One can claim for refunds or value added tax reclaims for buying materials to build new homes, building structures for charity and other reasons. Businesses that are no longer operating due to being declared bankrupt must inform the agency to avoid paying value added tax even without operating. Insolvency practitioners can help businesses in filing for becoming insolvent as they are knowledgeable in matters regarding the issue.
After paying value added tax, users are given receipts and records to prove the transactions and these must be kept safely and in proper conditions. Occasionally the agency makes arrangements with users to conduct visits and inspections aiming at verifying compliance and fulfillment of requirements. The inspections can lead to the business being fined if some errors are found or they are not compliant with the given rules and regulations. Keeping the value added tax return documents can be helpful in avoiding future complications as one can produce them for verification. Accountants or tax advisors can assist the clients who do not understand the requirements as they are experienced and have the needed knowledge.