NATIONAL OFFICE – Scott Austin has joined BKD CPAs & Advisors’ National Tax Services (NTS) division as a partner in the firm’s international tax practice. Austin will lead BKD’s Global Tax Integration™ (GTI) practice formed in early 2021.

Austin brings to BKD more than 25 years of experience helping clients understand and solve tax issues related to doing business across borders. He has assisted clients with tax strategy, planning, compliance, provision, controversy management and understanding the impact of U.S. and foreign tax changes. Austin has served both inbound and outbound clients ranging from the pharmaceutical, manufacturing, food production, energy and service industries.

Having formerly served as a vice president of corporate tax and senior tax counsel for more than 10 years at a listed fortune 500 company, Austin brings extensive experience in building and operating a tax department that efficiently provides tax provision, compliance and tax risk management while integrating the tax function with rapidly changing business operations.

“Growing our international services through GTI is one of the top focus areas for our Governing Board. I look forward to Scott leading our GTI practice and bolstering our GTI and international tax services throughout the country,” said Rob Wagner, managing partner of BKD’s NTS divisions.

GTI is a dedicated team of U.S. and international tax professionals for companies that help with the ever-expanding maze of global tax compliance and reporting. With GTI, international clients are provided with a single BKD point of contact and are offered unique technology solutions for their global tax compliance and financial reporting functions. BKD’s GTI services can help companies evolve their business strategy whether they currently have overseas operations or plan to expand internationally in the future.

“I am honored to lead the GTI team,” said Austin. “We have a talented team of professionals dedicated to providing Unmatched Client Service® to our clients. It is our high priority to provide new solutions tailored to our client’s tax needs.”

Austin has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Missouri State University and a Juris Doctorate in Law from Emory University and has recent experience as an international tax partner in an international firm. He has also served in various leadership capacities with the Kansas City Chapter of Tax Executives Institute, Inc.

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