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CIOT: Tax body welcomes new senior HMRC appointments

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has welcomed the appointment of Edward Troup and Ian Barlow to senior-level HMRC positions.

Edward Troup will be taking on a large part of retiring Permanent Secretary for Tax Dave Hartnett’s role but with a significant difference with the new responsibility as Assurance Commissioner.

CIOT President Patrick Stevens said:

“We very much welcome these appointments and congratulate Lin Homer on her choices for the roles. Edward Troup and Ian Barlow are taking on vital positions and both will strengthen the governance of HMRC.

“The CIOT has regularly said that HMRC need additional experienced tax professionals at the top of their organisation and Edward and Ian certainly fit that bill. We look forward to working with both of them and continuing our constructive engagement with HMRC.”

Notes to editors

1. HMRC Chief Executive Lin Homer announced the appointments of Edward Troup and Ian Barlow on 2 July 2012. The statement from HMRC says:

“New Tax Assurance Commissioner and Lead Non-Executive at HMRC

HMRC has today announced the appointment of a Tax Assurance Commissioner and a Lead Non-Executive Director, as part of its new governance arrangements.

Edward Troup, currently HM Treasury's Director General for Tax and Welfare, has been appointed Tax Assurance Commissioner and second Permanent Secretary at HMRC. He will be responsible for shaping tax policy and strategy, be the Head of Profession for Tax, and will oversee and provide assurance of large tax settlements.

Reporting directly to Chief Executive, Lin Homer, Edward will succeed Dave Hartnett, who is retiring on 31 July, and will sit on HMRC's Executive Committee. Edward will take up his post in August. Ian Barlow, currently Chair of WSP Group plc, has also been appointed as the Lead Non-Executive Director, in succession to Mike Clasper, whose contract is coming to an end.”

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) is a charity and the leading professional body in the United Kingdom concerned solely with taxation. The CIOT’s primary purpose is to promote education and study of the administration and practice of taxation. One of the key aims is to achieve a better, more efficient, tax system for all affected by it – taxpayers, advisers and the authorities.

The CIOT’s comments and recommendations on tax issues are made solely in order to achieve its primary purpose: it is politically neutral in its work. The CIOT will seek to draw on its members’ experience in private practice, government, commerce and industry and academia to argue and explain how public policy objectives (to the extent that these are clearly stated or can be discerned) can most effectively be achieved.

The CIOT’s 16,000 members have the practising title of ‘Chartered Tax Adviser’ and the designatory letters ‘CTA’.

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