Senior Indian Revenue Service officer Atulesh Jindal took charge as the new chairman of the CBDT, the controlling body of the Income Tax department.
He succeeded incumbent A K Jain who completes his term on 31 January.
The appointments committee of the cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had approved the appointment of Jindal as the next Chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes on January 22.
Jindal, a 1978 batch IRS officer, is currently working as Member (Income Tax) in the CBDT.
He will have a tenure of six months till July.
Apart from its Chairman, CBDT has six members and is the supreme body for framing policy matters related to direct taxes in the country.