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HM Revenue and Customs Appointment

HM Revenue and Customs has announced that Jim Harra has been appointed as the new Chief Executive and First Permanent Secretary at HMRC, succeeding Sir Jonathan Thompson.

Jim has been covering the role of Chief Executive and First Permanent Secretary on an interim basis and was formerly the Second Permanent Secretary at HMRC.

His permanent appointment has been announced today by the Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill, with the agreement of the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Brexit will remain a key priority for him in his new role, supporting preparations for the UK’s departure from the EU, as well as continuing Sir Jonathan’s work to provide a high quality service for UK taxpayers. 

Jim’s career began in HMRC’s predecessor, the Inland Revenue, as a tax inspector in 1984 and he held a number of director-level positions, becoming Director General for Business Tax in 2012. 

Arrangements to appoint a successor as Second Permanent Secretary will be announced in due course.



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