KPMG in Bahrain to host a seminar on the changing tax landscape in the region

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Professional services firm, KPMG in Bahrain, is hosting a seminar to showcase the evolving tax landscape in the region and discuss the potential implications the transformation could have on businesses in Bahrain, and those with operations within the region. The half-day event will take place on Tuesday 21 June 2022 at the Downtown Rotana Hotel under the theme “The evolving tax landscape in the GCC

The regional tax landscape is undergoing a seismic shift. Four countries within the GCC region have implemented Value-Added Tax (VAT) and two of them have already increased their respective VAT rates. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries have agreed on a global minimum tax rate. The UAE will be the fifth GCC country to implement corporate tax in 2023 and the KSA is the first country in the region to implement ‘E-Invoicing’. With the potential of corporate tax being introduced in Bahrain in the future, it is essential for Tax and Finance leaders to keep up to date and plan for the appropriate measures and mechanism to ensure that tax does not become a cost to the business. 

“The introduction of a corporate tax in Bahrain is more a question of ‘when’ it will happen rather than ‘if’ it will happen. Economic diversification is a key reason why VAT was introduced and why we have experienced the doubling of the VAT rate in such a short timeframe. Corporate tax is also being looked at for the same reason. In addition, if Bahrain does nothing on corporate tax it will lose revenue to other jurisdictions under the various global minimum tax rules. Whether it’s multinationals operating here or Bahrain-based multinationals elsewhere, there would be a loss of some revenue.  With a continued focus on tax revenue, we are also likely to see the tax authority monitor businesses more closely on their obligations towards VAT compliance” said Mubeen Khadir, Partner and Head of Tax, KPMG in Bahrain.  

During the event, KPMG’s tax experts will present best practices on dealing with VAT disputes, an overview of the proposed UAE Corporate Tax laws, what’s in store for Bahrain including practical steps Bahrain businesses can take now to be better prepared when Bahrain introduces a corporate tax.  For registration, and more information, please contact Khalid Seyadi, Markets Team, at KPMG in Bahrain, kseyadi@kpmg.com.

KPMG in Bahrain is a member firm of KPMG international. The firm was established in 1968 as the first national accounting and auditing firm, and it has grown to be one of the largest professional services firms in the country.  The firm provides Audit, Tax and Advisory services to a wide array of clients operating in different sectors, utilizing the in-depth technical and industry experience of its’ professional staff. 

About KPMG: 

KPMG is a global organization of independent professional services firms providing audit, tax and advisory services. It operates in 145 countries and territories, and has more than 226,882 people working in member firms around the world. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such. KPMG International Limited is a private English company limited by guarantee.

KPMG in Bahrain is a member firm of KPMG International. The firm was established in 1968 as the first national accounting and auditing firm, and it has grown to be one of the largest professional services firms in the country.  The firm provides Audit, Tax and Advisory services to a wide array of clients operating in different sectors, utilizing the in-depth technical and industry experience of its professional staff.