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HMRC chief to stand down in April

HMRC chief to stand down in April

HMRC chief executive Dame Lin Homer has said she will step down in April after more than four years in the role.

She joined HMRC in January 2012 and led the agency through two spending reviews but has also faced questions about tax paid by big corporations and her body’s customer service levels.

Dame Lin said: “After 10 years as a chief executive and permanent secretary in the Civil Service, the start of the next Spending Review period seemed to be a sensible time to move on.

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“It has been a privilege to have been with HMRC during a period when the improved performance of the department has been increasingly recognised and we have the full backing of ministers for our future plans.”

She joined HMRC from the Department for Transport where she was permanent secretary and was chief executive of the UK Border Agency between 2008 and 2011.

Dame Lin began her career in local government and was given a damehood in last month’s New Year’s Honours List.

Chancellor George Osborne said: “Lin Homer has made a real contribution to public service modernisation and transformation.

“She has put the foundations in place that will see HMRC become one of the most digitally-advanced tax authorities in the world.

It is to Lin’s great credit that the National Audit Office last year judged HMRC to be one of the strongest departments in government – a legacy of which she can be rightly proud.”

A process is under way to find a new chief executive for HMRC.