The author qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1987 and completed DISA & CISA in 2002. He is a Senior Partner at Hiregange & Associates, having offices in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Visag and Gurgaon. He is also Knowledge Partner at Hiregange Academy, a knowledge and employability initiative. He has jointly authored 14 books on Central Excise, Service Tax, Karnataka VAT and Excise/Service Tax Audit. IDT - IPCC Study Material has been the addition in 2014. He is working on a book on GST- Primer expected to be released by May 2015. The author has also been involved in efforts to make the Indirect Tax laws in India simple, certain and fair. He is the Managing Trustee of Empower Education Foundation, sponsoring the education of 100+ less privileged students in Bangalore & Mysore. He believes in “Value Based practice and Life”.