Indirect Tax Expert
Niraj is a Partner specializing in Indirect tax practice of the Firm. He has a vast experience of more than 17 years in the field of Indirect taxes and has dealt extensively in the areas of Value Added Tax, Customs Duty, Central Excise, Service Tax, Central Sales Tax and Foreign Trade Policy.
Niraj has advised a wide variety of domestic and multi-national clients across an Industry spectrum consisting of Construction, Power, Engineering, Ports and Shipping, Real Estate, Information Technology (IT), Automobile, Banking and Financial services, Media and Entertainment, Aviation, E-commerce etc.
Prior to joining Dhruva Advisors, Niraj was working as a Director with Indirect tax team at KPMG.
- Niraj is extensively involved and leading teams in GST implementation projects in India of corporates in Logistics, Trading sector, Financial Services, Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Media, IT/ITes, which involves undertaking financial & transactional impact analysis, mapping transactions, changes required in systems / IT processes, accounting, validating and Go-Live assistance etc.
- He has prepared exhaustive SOPs which each business function should follow post GST implementation in India.
Indirect tax Experience
- Niraj has deep expertise in assisting clients in optimizing their operations / business structures from an indirect tax perspective.
- He has undertaken several Diagnostic assignments and assisted clients in laying down appropriate mechanisms / systems and preparing the compliance manual for appropriate discharge of their obligations under Indirect taxes.
- He has conducted several Due diligences from tax perspective and have contributed significantly in helping clients in potential acquisition / divestment transactions.
- He has an extensive experience in litigation matters and has appeared for various clients before Indirect tax Tribunals / Appellate Authorities Tribunal on classification, valuation, refund matters, Cenvat credit issues etc.
- He has been handling Customs matters of multinational companies pertaining of valuation with Special Valuation Branch of Customs (GATT Cell), classification disputes, royalty and FTS issues, representations before authorities and arguing matters before appellate authority.
- He also has extensive experience in handling various departmental audits viz EA-2000, Service tax, DGCEI, CERA, CAG audits and have represented the clients before the authorities.
- Niraj also has worked on several representation mandates and have represented the client / industry before Central /State-VAT Government.
- Niraj also provides assessment and compliance services to various clients under Indirect tax.
- Niraj has lead a team in undertaking Diagnostic review of an EPC giant, one of largest conglomerate in India, having turnover in excess of AED 25000 mn, identifying significant tax exposures, tax optimization opportunity, gaps in compliances and improvement areas and presenting the same to the management.
- Niraj has been engaged in structuring transactions for the real estate industry involving structuring of procurement / supply chain to optimize the incidence of indirect tax resulting in decrease in overall tax cost at project level.
Publications and Speaking Engagements
- Niraj has been a speaker on various forums (including the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India) to speak on Central Excise and other Indirect tax matters.
- Niraj has been a speaker on Union Budget at various trade forums like CII, FGI etc.
- Niraj has written various articles for Indian newspapers / tax journals / online tax portals on Union Budget, indirect tax and GST maters. He has contributed in the publications of various Professional bodies (including the International Tax Review, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Bombay Chartered Accountant’s Society, Chamber of Income Tax consultant) on matters related to updates on Indirect tax.
- Niraj has conducted training sessions on Indirect tax matters for various clients and tax department.
Areas of Expertise
- Financial Services
Professional Memberships and Certifications
- Chartered Accountant, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India