Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations

Conferences & Workshops Details

Tax Administration Reform: A Dialogue
June 24 – 25, 2013
India Habitat Center, New Delhi


June 24, 2013 (Monday), Gulmohar Hall

9:00 am – 9:30 am: Registration
9:30 am – 9:40 am: Introductory talk by Rajat KathuriaDirector and CE, ICRIER
9:40 am – 11:00 am: Inaugural Session

Chief Guest and Chair: Bimal Jalan,Chairman, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum 

Keynote Address 1: ‘Dialogue between Tax Administrators and Tax Professionals’ Parthasarathi Shome, Adviser to Union Finance Minister

Keynote Address 2: ‘Global Trends in Revenue Integration – Country Approaches and Experiences’ Munawar Khwaja Sultan, Fiscal Economist, World Bank

11:00 am – 11:20 am: Tea/Coffee Break
11:20 am – 12:50 pm: Session 1: Organisational Structure of Tax Administration

Chair: Satya Poddar, Partner, Ernst & Young


  1. ‘Organisational Structure of Direct Tax Administration’ Rajiva Ranjan Singh, Member, CBDT (Retd.)
  2. ‘Administrative Structure for Tax Administration Reform in Indirect Taxes’, Gautam Ray, Chief Commissioner, Customs & Excise (Retd.)

Discussant: Mukesh Bhutani, Chairman and Managing Partner, BMR Legal

12:50 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Session 2: Audit Selection through Risk Assessment

Chair: Vijay Mathur, Senior Advisor, Pricewaterhouse Coopers 


  1. ‘Audit Selection through Risk Assessment in Indirect Taxes’ Gautam Ray, Chief Commissioner, Customs & Excise (Retd.)
  2. ‘Risk Management in Audit Selection in the Income Tax Department’ Sanjay Kumar, DIT – International Tax (Presented by Vijay Mathur, Senior Advisor, Pricewaterhouse Coopers)

Discussant: Dinesh Kanabar, Deputy CEO, KPMG 

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm: Session 3: Dispute Resolution

Chair: Sukumar Mukhopadhyay, Former Member, CBEC


  1. ‘Dispute Resolution in Indirect Taxes’ Gautam Ray, Chief Commissioner, Customs & Excise (Retd.)
  2. ‘Dispute Resolution under Direct Tax Laws’ Sunil Jain, Partner, J.Sagar & Associates

Discussant: Amarjeet Singh, Partner, KPMG 

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm  Tea/Coffee Break
4:45 pm – 6:00 pm  Session 4: Computerisation of Indian Tax Administration

Chair: S. S. Khan, Member, CBDT (Retd.)


  1. ‘Computerisation in Central Board of Direct Taxes’ Rajiva Ranjan Singh, Member, CBDT (Retd.)
  2. ‘Computerisation in the Central Board of Excise and Customs’ Y G Parande, Member, CBEC (Retd.)

Discussant: Satya Poddar, Partner, Ernst & Young

7:00 pm – 9:00pm Dinner at Maple Hall

 June 25, 2013 (Tuesday), Magnolia Hall

10:00 am – 11:15 am Session 5: Taxpayer Information Services & Large Taxpayer Units

Chair: J.K. Batra, Member, CBEC (Retd.) 


  1. ‘Taxpayer Information Services’ Rajiva Ranjan Singh, Member, CBDT (Retd.), and Anwesha Das, Research Associate, ICRIER
  2. ‘Large Taxpayer Units in India’ Nagendra Kumar, Commissioner, Central Excise

Discussant: Nihal Kothari, Chairman, Indirect Tax Committee, ASSOCHAM

11:15 am – 11:30 am Tea/Coffee Break
11:30 am – 12:30pm  Session 6: State-Level Taxation – VAT and GST

Chair: Gautam Ray, Chief Commissioner, Customs & Central Excise (Retd.)


  1. ‘An Analysis of the Effectiveness of the State Tax Administration in India with Particular Reference to Value-Added Tax’, Arindam Das-Gupta, Head of Economics Department, Goa Institute of Management
  2. ‘Tax Administration in Bihar: Successful reduction of compliance cost’ Rajul Awasthi, IFC – World Bank, Washington DC

Discussant: Bhavna Doshi, Senior Advisor, KPMG
Ravindra Saroop, Commissioner (Customs), CBEC 

12: 30 pm Lunch


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