Rasmi Ranjan Das, Co-Secretary at the Ministry of Finance, is part of a distinguished group of 25 tax experts from around the world appointed 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 Tax Cooperation, guides countries’ efforts to advance stronger, more forward-looking tax policies tailored to the realities of trade and investment. globalization, an increasingly digital economy and worsening environmental degradation. .
It helps countries in their efforts to avoid double or non-taxation as well as non-taxation, broaden their tax base, strengthen their tax administrations and fight international tax avoidance and evasion.
The new composition of the Committee brings together tax specialists with expertise in a wide range of areas, such as double taxation treaties, transfer pricing, prevention and resolution of tax disputes, extractive industries taxation, corporate taxation, digital economy, environmental taxation and added value. added taxes. Although appointed by their governments, the members of the committee serve in their personal capacity, according to a statement issued by the UN.
Das is Co-Secretary – (FT & TR-I), Central Council of Direct Taxes, Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance. Other members of the United Nations Tax Committee appointed by UN Secretary-General António 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 particular attention to developing countries and their political environment and the majority of newly appointed members come from developing countries. For the first time since its creation, the Committee has a majority of women experts.
The United Nations Tax Committee promotes international cooperation on national and international tax matters and works closely with observers from government, civil society, business and academia, to develop guidance and encourage an inclusive set of standards and policies.
“The UN Tax Committee has been impressive, technically unpacking important tax issues and new areas, such as the taxation of the digital economy. ATAF looks forward to engaging with the new members and extending the same technical support to the new African contingent that we did to their predecessors, ”said Logan Wort, Executive Director of the African Tax Administration Forum. (ATAF).
The first meeting of the new members of the Committee will take place in October 2021, during which the experts will determine the work plan for their mandate, the statement added.