The Indian Revenue Service abbreviated as IRS, is the revenue service of the Government of India. It is one of the Central Civil Services (Group A). The Service functions under the Department of Revenue in the Union Ministry of Finance and is concerned with the collection and administration of the various direct and indirect taxes accruing to the Union Government.
Indian Revenue Service : Abbreviation IRS
Formed : 1953
Headquarters : Cabinet Secretariat : Raisina Hill, New Delhi
Country : India
Training Grounds : 1. National Academy of Direct Taxes (Nagpur)
2. National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics (Faridabad)
Controlling Authority : Ministry of Finance, Government of India Legal Personality Governmental
Federal law enforcement General Nature Taxation
Cadre Size : 3904 (Income Tax), 2644 (Customs and Central Excise) Service Chief Chairman, CBDT : Laxman Das
Chairman, CBEC : S. K. Goel
Head of the Civil Services
Cabinet Secretary : Current: A. K. Seth
IRS comprises two branches – IRS (Customs and Central Excise) and IRS (Income Tax), which are controlled by two separate statutory bodies, viz., Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) and Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) respectively.
Starting with Assistant Commissioner (AC), members of the IRS usually rise up to the designation of Chief Commissioner (CC). Some senior-most members serve as Chairpersons or Members of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT) and Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT).
Cadre Restructuring which is supposed to be done once every five years is taken up with the active intervention of IRS Association. The proposal of both the Boards have been given clearance by the Department of Personnel and Training and when officially declared it would enhance the promotion prospects and create large number of Apex grade posts in the Service and address the severe staff crunch in the department.
Newly created Directorate of Criminal Investigation under the Central Board of Direct Taxes focuses on the Business-Criminal-Bureaucrat nexus and tackle Black money issue. This agency is modelled on US IRS and would consist of Agents carrying firearms to investigate into the high profile cases of Black money.