Steve Kitching Tax Partner United Arab Emirates +971 (0)4 388 9925

Steve is a senior indirect tax professional, with over 34 years of industry and indirect tax experience, from having worked at the UK governments HM Revenue & Customs authority, to leading indirect tax teams within practice both here at Grant Thornton and previously at Ernst & Young, Deloitte and BDO in the United Kingdom and GCC markets.

He specialises in Communications, Land & Construction, Retail & Leisure. In addition, for the past 6 years, he’s been engaged within the Oil & Gas sector, advising leading corporations including Wood Group, Suncor and NexenSchlumberger and Aker Solutions.

Steve has a wealth of VAT knowledge, performing VAT reviews and implementation projects for his clients, which has resulted in cash-flow savings and greater VAT controls and procedures. He has strong negotiation skills which has aided with settling compliance matters between clients and the relevant tax authorities.

Steve has also been involved in numerous VAT court disputes against tax authorities whereby the legislation has not been correctly applied by the relevant tax authority, leading to many successful outcomes for his clients.

He has a detailed understanding of Information Technology systems, including SAP, ORACLE, People Soft and VAT Tax engine configuration and has re-written ERP VAT taxing coding systems for clients such as AECOM.

Steve has been involved in numerous VAT disputes and court cases against the tax authorities whereby the EU VAT legislation has been incorrectly applied by the UK tax authority. This has led to many successful outcomes both in the UK but also in other EU member states and suspension of VAT penalties for clients.

Qualifications
  • VAT BTEC Diploma Advanced​
  • NVQ Level 3 Management
  • Qualified Industrial Engineer