December 31, 2018

TRANSITION TO VAT COMPLIANCE – THE LAST MINUTE HELP

What was supposed to companies do to get prepared for VAT?
The VAT will influence almost every part of a business and business leaders will need to take a broad approach to deal with the problems of VAT guaranteeing that the organization is ready to implement VAT. The transition to becoming fully VAT compliant needs to be appropriately handled along with generating a proper project, to make sure that the essential evaluations of business functions and processes are undertaken. Given the difficulty, we would always recommend that organizations seek the help of a qualified VAT expert.
The lawful and IT utilities need to be very much concerned in the transition, led by the business’s economics function. In the beginning stage, a good understanding of the basics will be required. Later, unambiguous training and interactions to the various divisions including finance, tax department, legal, sales and purchasing, and customer-facing teams will be needed. Businesses ingoing into average to continuing contracts will want to review their commercial terms and conditions to ensure inclusion of provisions for potential VAT.
Companies who have strong money flows, market pricing power and well-developed internal systems and processes, which allow them to become accustomed to the new VAT surroundings, are likely to be in the best position to manage this transition.
Local businesses need to fully understand the VAT mechanism to make sure there are no puzzlements or holdups once the system is introduced. The faster businesses initiate their arrangements to launch VAT in their systems, the healthier balanced they will be to deal systematically and advantageously with various issues they may face post-implementation.
Comparative analysis on large and small companies on VAT implementation Challenges
It differs and depends on how rapidly companies have taken inventiveness and started their VAT implementation passage. Bigger companies may be further well-known with the procedure if they have had to implement VAT in other countries, and they may have already started to consider the implications or will have more resources to get ready. However, large companies may also have many permanent structures essential the way they function and these can be much more multifaceted to refurbish and make VAT compliant.
Small companies, especially SMEs, be inclined to supply and have the capability to get used to more easily with minor teams to train. Often they may simply need a piece of software added to their system to meet their VAT compliance requirements.
Types of employment that will be required as companies get ready for VAT?
The introduction of VAT will considerably compel demand for finance professionals. It may also see that more opportunities opening up for tax technology experts as GCC tax authorities employ advanced technology to update their financial software.
The need for external experts
The universal practice has shown that VAT training and education is fundamental to ensure successful VAT implementation. Therefore, it is significant to split the skill necessities for VAT professionals into two distinct Stages. Stage one, which is in front of the official start date of VAT implementation and when projects start running, requires a unique set of VAT skills often accredited to experts. The squad involved in stage one usually consisted of more higher-ranking consultative experts with knowledge of how VAT impacts the entire supply chain of a business and how the business processes and systems need to be reconfigured to incorporate VAT and to achieve VAT readiness by 1 January 2019.
Stage two, which connected to after VAT goes be alive, will have need of more compliance-related knowledge. Businesses can have staff trained internally to handle these requirements under the VAT function placed in stage one.
Immediate fiscal inference of VAT implementation in Bahrain
The full impact of VAT execution on businesses, the market and constant compliance costs will only become known a pair of years after the introduction date when the system and all its interconnected workings have had time to settle down and become part of business-as-usual.
Impact on businesses and foreign direct investment
The debate of VAT realization in the GCC has been ongoing for many years, so any unconstructive responses have already been overcome. The acceptance of systems and processes to manage VAT compliance tends to be rapidly taken on board by businesses and it will only take them a short period to grab the workings of the tax system. Foreign investors will already be well-known with VAT managements in other regions and are alert that the tax will be transferred on to the end consumer and will not significantly impact the returns earned by businesses. If export businesses are zero-rated as expected, they will be able to reclaim refunds for VAT on their purchases.
For companies, those don’t have books in order by the VAT start date
If companies are not VAT compliant, they hazard penalties and interest charges for late settlement of VAT. The number of fines may amplify very quickly, which authenticates the significance of being VAT-compliant. The strategy shift to a current VAT regime will give rise to many challenges for businesses in Bahrain and business owners will need to be prepared for the introduction of a tax system that impacts every sector of the economy from an importer, manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer and finally to the end consumer.
Role of a consultant to support businesses in implementing VAT
VAT execution necessitates a considerable assurance of resources and some business groups, especially local businesses do not have the systems, procedures and the right resources in place for them to apply VAT accurately and efficiently.

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