Thirty officers in the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) celebrated their graduation from an intensive two-week program on corporate taxation and advocacy skills on Wednesday, May 21, at the University Club.

During the ceremony, the graduates thanked faculty and staff from the Duke Center for International Development (DCID) for their guidance and support.

“The insights into the tax system that we have gained during this program will definitely aid in and contribute to our own day-to-day work,” said Manoj Pandey (right), commissioner of the IRS Income Tax Department. “When we go back to our respective offices, we will be able to reflect on and implement what we have learned.”

The classes were led by faculty from DCID and the Duke Law School, as well as outside experts with experience at the N.C. Department of Revenue and World Bank.

This is the first program offered for IRS officers this year. The next, covering international taxation and transfer pricing, will take place next month.

The programs are preceded by three weeks of training at the Management Development Institute in Gurgaon, India, which is taught by its faculty.

Following their training at Duke University, participants traveled to Washington, D.C., and Annapolis, Md., to visit the World Bank and Maryland Revenue Data Processing Center. 

DCID faculty has trained over 300 Indian Revenue Service officers in its custom programs since March 2011 and expects to train a total of more than 500 over the next three years.

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