Rashmi Ranjan Das, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, is among an elite group of 25 tax experts from across the world appointed as members of the United Nations Tax Committee for the term 2021 to 2025.
The committee, formally known as the United Nations Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Affairs, seeks to advance stronger and more forward-looking tax policies adapted to the realities of global trade and investment, an increasingly digital economy and deteriorating environmental degradation. guides the efforts of countries for .
It assists countries in their efforts to prevent double or multiple taxation as well as non-taxation, broaden their tax base, strengthen their tax administration, and prevent international tax evasion and avoidance.
The membership of the new committee brings together tax practitioners with expertise in a range of areas, such as double tax treaties, transfer pricing, avoidance and resolution of tax disputes, taxation of extractive industries, taxation of the digital economy, environmental taxation , and value- additional tax. A statement issued by the United Nations said that when nominated by their governments, the committee members act in their individual capacity.
Das is Joint Secretary – (FT&TR-I), Central Board of Direct Taxes, Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance. Other members of the UN Tax Committee, appointed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, are 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 most of the newly appointed members come from developing countries. For the first time since its inception, the committee has a majority of women experts.
The United Nations 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 guidance and encourage the inclusive setting of norms and policies Can go
“The United Nations Tax Committee is unpacking influential, technically major tax matters and new areas, such as the taxation of the digital economy. ATAF looks forward to joining the new membership and extending the same technical assistance to the new Africa team Like we did their predecessors,” said Logan Wort, executive director of the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF).
The first meeting of the new membership of the committee will be held in October 2021, during which the experts will decide the action plan for their tenure, the statement said.