Shri R. Ravichandran, IRS, has taken over the charge of Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Tamilnadu and Puducherry on June 17, 2022. He is a 1987 batch IRS officer hailing from Kammapuram, Cuddalore District. He completed his Bachelor Degree in Agricultural College, Madurai and Master’s Degree in Agriculture from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore.

He also holds a Master’s Degree in Shipping Management. Presently, he is pursuing Ph.D. in Finance in the subject of Data Governance issues. He has worked in various capacities across the country in the fields of Assessment, Investigation, Administration and Training. His wife Smt. Geetha Ravichandran is also an officer of 1987 batch of IRS and is presently the Pr. Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Mumbai.

He has been on deputation with the Directorate General of Shipping as Deputy Director General of Shipping and with SEBI as Chief General Manager (Investigation & Surveillance). He has handled various sensitive investigation cases including IPO scam and penny stock manipulation cases. He was instrumental in setting up of first Airport Intelligence Unit of the Income tax Department and Integrated Market Surveillance Systems project (IMSS) of SEBI.

He has also been the ADG at NADT, Nagpur. He was part of the various committees constituted by the Ministry of Finance for framing legislation under Prevention of Money Laundering Act, Cross Border Taxation, Vision 2020, financial literacy amongst school going children and Results Framework Document of Income Tax Department. He has published papers in journals, presented papers in several international conferences and has been the visiting faculty at various central training institutes and management institutes in India. He served as OECD faculty on the subject of International Taxation, Transfer pricing and Treaty Issues in South Korea.

As the Chairman of the Committee constituted by CBDT, a Digital Evidence Investigation Manual for Investigation for officers of Income Tax Department for the first time was prepared by him and released by CBDT in October 2014 and also Data Analysis Manual was prepared by him for the first time in 2016. As a part of all India Operation on Bitcoin exchanges he handled investigation on bitcoin exchanges and investors resulting in detection of huge amounts of undisclosed income. This release issued by Income Tax Officer (HQ) (PR).