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Treasury looks for duo to head OTS

The Treasury is recruiting a permanent chair and tax director to lead the Office of Tax Simplification.

The OTS was set up in July 2010 to provide the Government with independent advice on simplifying the UK tax system.

Rt Hon Michael Jack and John Whiting were appointed as chair and tax director to lead the OTS on an interim basis when the office was launched.

The Treasury says the position of chair is open to “outstanding leaders from a range of backgrounds including commercial, public or voluntary sectors.”

It says applicants for the tax director role must be a “leading tax professional with extensive technical understanding of business and personal tax, an appreciation of the operational implications of tax policy change and an understanding of the tradeoffs involved in tax policymaking.”

Both the chair and tax director roles are on a voluntary basis with expenses paid. The tax director will also receive a £12,000 annual payment.

The deadline for applications is July 1.

Thameside Wealth director Tom Kean says: “Surely, these should be paid positions to attract the right expertise.”


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