Poonam SidhuTax Director at India Revenue Authority
Poonam Khaira Sidhu,is a career civil servant selected to the IRS in 1987. She is currently serving as Principal Director General Administration and Taxpayer Services.
She is an LLM from the University of Michigan,Law School, Ann Arbor and has a First Class First Masters in Economics from Osmania University, Hyderabad.
She has also trained at IIM Bangalore and Maxwell School of Public Policy at the University of Syracuse and is a IMF TADAT Certified Assessor.
She had a sabbatical attachment with the UK IRS in 1996-97 and her report was submitted to the London Training Offices of HMRC. She has served as Director of International Taxation, managing a cross-functional team responsible for auditing cases in cross-border transactions, served as a Member of the Dispute Resolution Panel and issued rulings on transfer pricing and international taxation, advocated cases before the Income Tax Tribunal (ITAT) and Authority for Advanced Rulings (AAR) and assisted the Indian Competent Authority in the resolution of cases pertaining to her jurisdiction under MAP. To her credit is overseeing an audit that resulted in a MAP settlement of Rs 1605 crore, which is the largest in the history of the Indian IRS.
She has written the Country chapter in the recent IBFD publication: The Relationship between Taxation and Bilateral Investment Agreements released in December 2017. Her academic articles have been published in the prestigious IBFD’s "Bulletin for Internation Taxation", and "The International Tax Review". Articles were also published in The Economic Times and Hindustan Times.