Indian Finance Ministry Officer Rasmi Ranjan Das Among 25 Global Tax Experts Appointed To UN Tax Committee
Rasmi Ranjan Das, a joint secretary of the Ministry of Finance, is part of a leading group of 25 tax experts from around the world who have been appointed as members of the UN Tax Commission for the term from 2021 to 2025.
The commission, formally known as the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters, is guiding countries’ efforts to promote stronger and more forward-looking tax policies adapted to the realities of globalized trade and investment, an increasingly digitized economy and worsening environmental degradation .
It helps countries in their efforts to avoid double or multiple taxation and non-taxation, broaden their tax base, strengthen their tax administrations and curb international tax evasion and avoidance.
The Committee’s new membership brings together tax practitioners with expertise in a wide range of areas, such as double taxation treaties, transfer pricing, tax dispute avoidance and resolution, extractive industry taxation, digital economy taxation, environmental taxation and added value taxes. Although nominated by their governments, committee members serve in a personal capacity, a UN statement said.
Das is Joint Secretary – (FT&TR-I), Central Board of Direct Taxes, Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance. Other members of the UN Tax Commission appointed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres come from countries such as Nigeria, Chile, South Korea, Malawi, Mexico, Ireland, Indonesia, Myanmar, Angola, Russia, Canada, Norway, Germany, Italy, Sweden and China.
The Committee pays special attention to developing countries and their policy environment and the majority of newly appointed members are from developing countries. For the first time since its inception, the Committee has a majority of female experts.
The UN Tax Committee promotes international cooperation on domestic and international tax matters and works closely with observers from government, civil society, business and academia to develop guidelines and promote an inclusive setting of standards and policies. encourage.
“The UN Taxation Committee has impressed and has unpacked technically high-profile tax issues and new areas such as taxation of the digitized economy. ATAF looks forward to working with the new membership and providing the same technical support to the new African contingent. grant as we have done their predecessors,” said Logan Wort, executive director of the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF).
The first meeting of the new committee members will take place in October 2021, during which the experts will determine the work plan for their term, the statement said.