Stephen Kitching joins as Head of Tax Services

07 August 2017

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Stephen Andrew Kitching as Director to head the Indirect Tax services division including VAT in Bahrain.

Stephen brings with him over 33 years of industry and indirect tax experience which include employment at HM Revenue and Customs as a VAT inspector and leading indirect tax teams within practice at two of the Big4 accountancy practices. Stephen is a qualified Industrial Engineer and has attained the Advanced VAT BTEC Diploma.

Prior to joining BDO he was leading the indirect tax practice of one of the world’s largest accountancy firms in Aberdeen, UK.  He specifically advised multinational businesses on indirect tax and customs issues in the Energy and Resource sector including projects involving M&A activity, cash-flow incentives and local in-country VAT/GST compliance and disputes.  He has been involved in a number of successful appeals against tax authorities and has assisted global businesses with unravelling and understanding complex supply chains and cross border transactions. He has experience of VAT implementation projects in Malaysia, Egypt and India and brings a wealth of senior management experience and VAT knowledge.

“BDO are the perfect accountancy firm for me to join at this crucial time when the GCC are looking to shortly introduce an indirect tax system, which for many businesses have little or limited knowledge of. I am excited about helping BDO’s established clients and also new businesses who are uncertain and not VAT ready with understanding the impact of VAT on their day to day basis and where possible simplifying the compliance burden and cash flow impact.” , said Stephen.

“We are delighted to have Stephen join us to lead our Indirect Tax Services Division, which shows BDO’s commitment to serve our clients and to help them in the transition to be fully tax compliant” said Mr Ali Jawad, CEO.  “With 33 years’ of experience in industry and indirect tax Stephen will be a great asset to the Firm for strengthening the long-term relationships with our clients.” he added.

Stephen may be contacted by email Stephen.kitching@bdo.bh or by telephone on +973 1710 1321.