List of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Chairpersons (1964-2018)

List of Central Board of Direct Taxes Chairpersons Since 1964 to Till Date:

Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT):

The Central Board of Direct Taxes is functioning as a statutory authority under the Central Board of Revenue Act, 1963. CBDT is a part of the Revenue Department in the Ministry of Finance. CBDT Chairperson is the senior-most IRS civil servant in the Government of India. The Chairperson of Central Board of Direct Taxes is the ex officio Special Secretary to the Government of India and also cadre controlling authority of the Indian Revenue Service.

Quick Info About Central Board of Direct Taxes of Government of India:

Formation 1944
First Chairperson Jamuna Pd Singh
Current Chairperson Sushil Chandra
Salary 225,000 (US$3,300)

Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Chairperson 2018:

The current chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) is Sushil Chandra. He was elected on 01 November 2016 as the Chairman of CBDT by the Income Tax Department’s top policy-making body. Senior bureaucrat Sushil Chandra was given extension of one year by May 2019 next year as CBDT Chairman on May 25, 2018. IIT graduate Chandra is a 1980 batch officer of Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax Cadre). Though there is no fixed tenure of CBDT chairman and the average tenure of the chairman has been less than 2 years. His tenure however, can be extended.

Major Functions of CBDT Chairman:

The following are the major functions of CBDT Chairman:-

  • Administrative planning of the IT Department.
  • Act as advisor and conscience keeper of the IRS.
  • Handle senior appointments.
  • Transfers and postings of officers in the cadre of Chief Commissioner of Income-tax and Commissioner of Income-tax.
  • Matters dealt with in the Foreign Tax and Tax Research Division, except matters under Section 80-O of the Income-tax Act, 1961.
  • Ensure that the Cabinet decisions are implemented
  • Advise the Finance Minister of India.
  • All matters relating to Central and Regional Direct Taxes Advisory Committees and Consultative Committee of the Parliament.
  • Public Grievances.
  • Provide an element of continuity and stability to administration during crises.

List of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Chairman:

Name Tenure
Jamuna Pd Singh 1964 – 1967
SAI Navapna Raw 1967 – 1968
K. S. Sundara Rajan 1968 – 1969
R. N. Muttoo 1969 – 1971
R. D. Shah 1971 – 1974
S. R. Mehta 1974 – 1977
S. Narayan 1977 – 1978
V. V. Badani 1978 – 1979
O. V. Kuravilla 1979 – 1981
Jagdish Chand 1981 – 1983
V. Chidambaram 1983 – 1984
N. Subramanian 1984 – 1985
M. S. Narayanan 1985 – 1986
Chand K. Tikku 1986 – 1988
G. N. Gupta 1988 – 1989
A. S. Thind 1989 – 1989
T. N. Pandey 1989 – 1990
A. V. Swaminathan 1990 – 1991
A. K. Ghosh 1991 – 1992
S. Ramamurthi 1992 – 1993
R. S. Rathore 1993 – 1994
Dr. N. R. Sivaswamy 1994 – 1994
T. R. Srinivasan 1994 – 1995
N. Rangachary 1995 – 1996
G. K. Mishra 1996 – 1997
S. N. Shende 1997 – 1997
Ravi Kant 1997 – 2000
S. K. Nigam 2000 – 2000
A. Balasubramanian 2000 – 2001
O. P. Srivastava 2001 – 2001
P. K. Sharma 2002 – 2003
P. L. Singh 2003 – 2004
Shobha Majumdar 2004 – 2005
Berjinder Singh 2005 – 2005
M. S. Darda 2005 – 2005
M. M. Kherawala 2006 – 2006
Indira Bhargawa 2006 – 2007
B. M. Singh 2007 – 2007
R. Prasad 2007 – 2008
P. K. Mishra 2008 – 2008
R. S. Mathoda 2008 – 2008
N. B. Singh 2008 – 2009
S. S. N. Moorthy 2009 – 2010
Sudhir Chandra 2011 – 2011
Prakash Chandra 2011 – 2011
M. C. Joshi 2011 – 2012
Laxman Das 2012 – 2012
Poonam K. Saxena 2012 – 2013
Sudha Sharma 2013 – 2014
R. K. Tewari 2014 – 2014
K. V. Chowdhary 2014 – 2014
Anita Kapur 2014 – 2015
Arun Kumar Jain 2015 – 2016
Atulesh Jindal February 2016 – 31 July 2016
Rani Singh Nair 01 August 2016 – 31 October 2016
Sushil Chandra 01 November 2016- till date
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