New HMRC Tax Assurance Commissioner

Jim Harra takes over from Edward Troup

Edward Troup was made Executive Chair of HMRC in Summer 2016 and he has now stood down from his role as Tax Assurance Commissioner to be replaced by Jim Harra. Edward took up the role in August 2012 after considerable criticism from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the way HMRC signed off on settlements in relation to very large disputes with taxpayers.

The Press Release announcing the appointment of Jim Harra noted:

“With his wealth of tax expertise and experience, Jim is well placed to oversee the assurance and dispute governance arrangements that allow Parliament and the public to be confident that HMRC secures the right tax under the law when resolving tax disputes. Jim does not directly engage with taxpayers to discuss their specific tax liabilities, nor is he responsible for the HMRC operational units that manage taxpayers’ compliance.”

There is an annual report each year from the Assurance Commissioner and our report on the most recent report, from summer 2016, can be read by clicking here.