Poddar is a Chartered Accountant turned Advocate. He completed his Graduation from a holy city of Haridwar located in the state of Uttrakhand. Presently, he is a senior partner in "/s A A P and Co.", Chartered Accountants, Surat (Gujarat). He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2000 and established a firm APV & Associates and later on entered into software development and promoted TARUN Group. In the first eight years of his practice, he primarily worked in the areas of Direct Taxation, Auditing and Software Development and sales. Subsequently, in the year 2008 he felt that the share of service sector is increasing in the Indian Economy and therefore service tax has the potential of growing immensely. He therefore decided to concentrate on the field of Service Tax and Excise. Presently he is founder partner of M/s ASHVA Legal Advisors LLP, Attorneys and Advocates, and is practicing in the field of litigation.

He is a person who believes in getting knowledge by way of studying new things. Besides being a Chartered Accountant he is a law graduate (LL.B.). He is a Certified Financial Planner (CFPCM), Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). He qualified DISA from ICAI. He has completed Post Graduate Certificate in Cyber Law (PGCCL). Also, he has successfully completed various Certificate Courses of ICAI such as Arbitration, Forensic Accounting and Fraud Detection, Valuation, IFRS, Indirect Taxes.

Presently he is pursuing Ph.D and subject of research is Convergence of Excise, Service Tax and VAT into GST and its likely impact on Industries of Gujarat, Certified Internal Auditor (CIA SA); Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE-USA) and Certified Information System Auditor (CISA USA) course in order to further broaden his knowledge base. He adopted multi-disciplinary approach for gaining specialization in Indirect Taxes. He is delivering lectures on current issues in GST at various seminars organised by professional bodies. He is writing articles on the current issues in the news letters, journals etc.

He believes in getting knowledge by way of studying new things. Besides being a Chartered Accountant he is a law graduate (LL.B.). He is a Certified Financial Planner (CFPCM), Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). He qualified DISA from ICAI. He has completed Post Graduate Certificate in Cyber Law (PGCCL). Also, he has successfully completed various Certificate Courses of ICAI such as Arbitration, Forensic Accounting and Fraud Detection, Valuation, IFRS, Indirect Taxes.

Presently, he is dealing with the practical aspects of Service Tax/Excise/GST through his advisory role with various organizations. He appears and argues matter before adjudicating authorities, Appellate Authorities including CESTAT and High Court, Advance Rulings and Settlement Commission on regular basis.

He has authored following books:

  • Glimpses of GST
  • WIRC GST Referencer
  • Background Material on GST for EIRC of ICAI
  • GST Concepts for Layman
  • GST Saral Samjhuti in Gujarati
  • Background Material on GST for WIRC of ICAI
  • Appeals & Litigation in Indirect Tax
  • Audit, Investigations and Prosecution under Indirect Taxes
  • Indirect Taxes Manual
  • Service Tax Law, Practice and Procedure
  • Service Tax Made Simple
  • Service Tax Ready Reckoner
  • Service Tax Margadarshan in Gujarati
  • Service Tax in Hindi

His website www.avinashpoddar.com provides updates on service tax and the most important feature of the said portal is replying to the queries related to Service Tax and GST. He writes for his newsletter Avinash "Poddar's Communique" fortnightly, which comprises of case laws, articles, etc. on Indirect Taxes. It is circulated to more than 50000 members.

His online blog www.gstclub.in is an interaction platform for professionals, corporates and tax payers about GST. The portal has features such as creating a Public Forum, one can Post Articles related to GST and also Ask queries relating to GST from the GST Club team. Mobile App of GST Club has been recently released for Android and IOS.


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