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Sanjay Kumar Agarwal takes charge as CBIC Chairman

Why CBIC in news?

IRS officer Sanjay Kumar Agarwal has taken charge as the Chairman of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC). Agarwal succeeds Vivek Johri who superannuated as CBIC chief on May 31. In an order issued on August 5, the finance ministry had appointed Agarwal, who was holding charge of CBIC member compliance management, looking into investigations.

The CBIC, which deals with policy making in indirect taxes — GST, customs, excise — is headed by a chairman and has six members in the board. The board is assisted by principal chief commissioners/chief commissioners and principal director generals/ director generals.

About the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC)

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) is a statutory body under the Ministry of Finance, Government of India. It is responsible for the administration of indirect taxes in India, which include customs, central excise, service tax, and goods and services tax (GST). The CBIC also has the responsibility of preventing tax evasion and smuggling.

  • The CBIC was established in 1947, following the independence of India. It was originally called the Central Board of Revenue (CBR). The CBR was responsible for the administration of all taxes in India, including direct taxes and indirect taxes. In 2000, the CBR was split into two boards: the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and the CBIC. The CBIC took over the responsibility of administering indirect taxes.
  • The CBIC is headed by a Chairman, who is an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer of the rank of Additional Secretary to the Government of India. The Chairman is assisted by a number of members, who are also IRS officers. The members are responsible for different areas of work in the CBIC, such as customs, excise, service tax, and GST.
  • The CBIC has a number of offices located all over India. The headquarters of the CBIC is located in New Delhi. The CBIC also has regional offices, zonal offices, and field formations.
  • The CBIC is a very important organization in the Indian government. It is responsible for collecting a significant amount of revenue for the government. The CBIC also plays a vital role in preventing tax evasion and smuggling.

Here are some of the key functions of the CBIC:

  • Administering indirect taxes in India
  • Preventing tax evasion and smuggling
  • Formulating policy recommendations for indirect taxes
  • Implementing laws and regulations related to indirect taxes
  • Providing training to officers and staff of the CBIC
  • Conducting research on indirect taxes

The CBIC is a dynamic organization that is constantly evolving. It is committed to providing efficient and effective administration of indirect taxes in India. The CBIC is also committed to preventing tax evasion and smuggling. The CBIC plays a vital role in the economic development of India.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams: 

  • CBIC  Chairperson: Vivek Johri;
  • CBIC  Founded: 1 January 1964.

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