Global Tax 50 2015: Akhilesh Ranjan
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Global Tax 50 2015: Akhilesh Ranjan

Competent authority, India

Akhilesh Ranjan

Akhilesh Ranjan is a new entry this year

As the Global Tax 50 2013 entry for Akhilesh Ranjan points out, the man cannot help being influential by virtue of his role as Indian competent authority. But 2015 saw the influence of Ranjan – joint secretary, foreign taxation, in the Ministry of Finance – increase further for two main reasons.

First, India continued to focus policy on attracting investment. This is good news for foreign investors and government revenues alike, and is already triggering greater interest in business expansion in the country from overseas investors, but the flipside for Ranjan is that any resulting treaty issues may land on his desk.

Second, Ranjan took the lead role for India in the BEPS Project. Following from this, Ranjan has established a committee to analyse what India should do in response to digital economy concerns highlighted under BEPS processes; and has confirmed that India will introduce legislation for country-by-country reporting (CbCR) for FY 2016-2017 onwards.

With so much reform action on the horizon, Ranjan can expect to be kept busy for the remainder of his five-year term as competent authority, which began in 2013.

The Global Tax 50 2015

View the full list and introduction

The top 10 • Ranked in order of influence

1. Margrethe Vestager

2. Pascal Saint-Amans

3. Wang Jun

4. Arun Jaitley

5. Marissa Mayer

6. Will Morris

7. Ian Read

8. Pierre Moscovici

9. Donato Raponi

10. Global Alliance for Tax Justice

The remaining 40 • In alphabetic order

Brigitte Alepin

Andrus Ansip

Tamara Ashford

Mohammed Amine Baina

Piet Battiau

Elise Bean

Monica Bhatia

David Bradbury

Winnie Byanyima

Mauricio Cardenas

Allison Christians

Rita de la Feria

Marlies de Ruiter

Judith Freedman

Meg Hillier

Vanessa Houlder

Kim Jacinto-Henares

Eva Joly

Chris Jordan

Jean-Claude Juncker

Alain Lamassoure

Juliane Kokott

Armando Lara Yaffar

Liao Tizhong

Paige Marvel

Angela Merkel

Zach Mider

Richard Murphy

George Osborne

Achim Pross

Akhilesh Ranjan

Alan Robertson

Paul Ryan

Tove Maria Ryding

Magdalena Sepulveda Carmona

Lee Sheppard

Parthasarathi Shome

Robert Stack

Mike Williams

Ya-wen Yang

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