Odisha’s Rasmi Ranjan Das The Only Indian In UN Tax Committee
Rasmi Ranjan Das, an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer from Odisha, has earned a place in the recently appointed UN Tax Committee for the 2021-2025 term. He currently serves as the Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Finance.
Presently, the committee consists of 25 tax experts from around the world, with Das being the only Indian.
Das has served the IRS for about 28 years in the area of policymaking and also implementing direct tax laws in India. Additionally, he is an Indian Delegate to the Inclusive Framework (IF), a group of more than 135 countries monitoring BEPS. Das is also a member of its Steering Group involved in building a consensus-based solution to address direct tax challenges posed by the digitalisation of the economy.
Das has an excellent academic record with a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Management from IIM Bangalore (2010) and a Post Graduate Degree in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (1990).
The new committee aims to bring together expert tax practitioners across a wide range of areas – including double tax treaties, transfer pricing, avoiding and resolving tax disputes, taxation of the extractive industries, taxation of the digital economy, environmental taxation, and value-added taxes.
Special attention will be provided to the developing countries and their policy environment. They will be assisting the countries in their efforts to prevent double or multiple taxations as well as non-taxation, broaden their tax base, strengthen their tax administrations, and curb international tax evasion and avoidance, as per an official statement issued by the United Nations Secretary-General.