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Fancy a top job with HMRC? It’s on the lookout for experts!

Fancy a top job with HMRC? It’s on the lookout for experts!

Senior tax specialists are escaping HMRC at an alarming rate and by the end of the summer, 80% of its top team will have left.

Three out of the five commissioners are due to retire shortly and the director-general for benefits and credit, Steve Lamey, is moving to the private sector. The Revenue also needs to find a new chairman to replace Mike Clasper. Lin Homer, the chief executive at the Revenue, is a relative newcomer to the department having only taken up her position a few months ago.

Simon Bowles, the chief finance officer, currently appears to be the only commissioner who is not about to jump ship.

The ACCA’s head of taxation, Chas Roy-Chowdhury, said it was unfortunate that all the commissioners were departing at the same time, but this could be a good opportunity to bring in fresh ideas from people in the lower echelons. He said he had spoken to Homer and was confident that she could beef up a new team and deliver the department’s goals.

A spokesperson for the Revenue said it’s vital for HMRC to get the right people in the right roles. Internal and external candidates are welcome to apply and the recruitment process will be fair and open. Applicants for these senior roles will need a wide range of experience and tax will be a key element.

The exodus could turn out to be good for HMRC; a new broom sweeps clean and all that. But will the department be able to get the right people in place quickly enough to prevent chaos?

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