HMRC appoints Whiting as non-exec

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HMRC has appointed a raft of new non-executive board members, including Office of Tax Simplification tax director John Whiting. 

As part of its "ongoing governance arrangements", the Revenue also appointed former npower CEO Volker Beckers and HR leader Norman Pickavance to its board. 

Whiting will take up his board position from 1 April 2013 and will chair the department's audit and risk committee. 

The Revenue also announced two more board positions to the audit and risk committee: former tax partner at KPMG Leslie Ferrar and former FD of Ford UK Paul Smith.

The current lead non-executive is Ian Barlow, who worked for 37 years with KPMG London as a senior partner and took on the role last September.

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good news -

pity Mr Whiting isn't running the whole thing !

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Congratulations, John.

More tax simplification, please.

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At odds with his OTS role

0103953 wrote:
Congratulations, John. More tax simplification, please.

I would suspect that he will be assimilated and that tax simplification is a thing of the past. We may get lucky if he is actually replaced within the OTS with someone willing to take tax simplification head on.


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Turkeys don't vote for Christmas....

....I am sure that these people, like the previous ones, will be prevented from applying significant changes. In a year's time I am sure that good management, accountability, integrity and success will still be alien concepts at HMRC.

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it's a massive ask

There is so much inertia, built in jobsworthiness and inefficiency that we can't expect too much of any of these people.  All we can ask is that they challenge these deeply ingrained attitudes and at least get something done for all the time they spend there.

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I have to admit that I am somewhat underwhelmed by the tax simplification that has been achieved so far. Errmm ... has there really been any?!?

I suspect that Whiting would want to achieve more, but like Mr Mischief says he is surrounded by jobsworths within HMRC and probably also politicians that are fearful of real change.

I live in hope.

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leave it

if its simplified too much

1 - i wont have a job

2 - that bloke down the pub would prob always be right.

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