Parthasarathi Shome is Adviser (at level of Minister of State) to the Indian Finance Minister, 2013. He was among the 2012 Global Tax 50 of the International Tax Review, ‘individuals and organisations that made a substantial impact on tax practice and administration in the past 12 months’. He received the highest civilian honour of the Government of Brazil, Commander of the Order of the Southern Cross, in 2000, for his contributions to Brazilian tax reform. He was Chairman, Expert Committee on General Anti-Avoidance Rules (GAAR), Government of India, July-October 2012, Director and Chief Executive of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi (2011-12), Chief Economist of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, UK (2008–11), and Adviser to the Indian Finance Minister (at level of Secretary) (2004–08).
Shome began his professional career in academia, rising to Professor of Economics at American University, Washington DC (1975–83). He worked at the IMF (1983–2004), where he held various positions, including Chief of Tax Policy (1992–95) and Director, IMF Singapore Institute (2001–03). He has provided fiscal technical assistance to over thirty countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. He chaired India’s Ninth and Tenth Five-Year Plan Advisory Groups on Tax Policy and Administration, and was Director, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi (1995–97). He was named ‘an outstanding student of taxation and public finance’ by the National Tax Association of America for his Ph.D. thesis on the burden of the corporation income tax which he completed at Southern Methodist University (1975), his Masters degrees being from University of Rochester (1973) and Delhi School of Economics (1972).
His books have been published by Business Standard Publishers, CenTax, IMF, Orient BlackSwan, Oxford University Press, Routledge and are forthcoming from Cambridge University Press and LexisNexis. He has published in Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Public Economics, National Tax Journal, Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Public Finance, Public Finance Quarterly, Staff Papers IMF, and other internationaland national journals.