IFS chief joins Office for Tax Simplification board

30 Aug 16

Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, is to join the board of the Office of Tax Simplification as a non-executive director.

Johnson is one of three non-executive appointments made by chancellor Philip Hammond last week. The others are John Cullinane, tax policy director at the Chartered Institute of Taxation and Kathleen Russ, head of tax at law firm Travers Smith. Adam Broke, who has been a board member since the OTS’s inception, will be stepping down.

The OTS was formed in 2010 to provide advice to the chancellor on simplifying the UK tax system. It was made a permanent independent office of the Treasury in July 2015.

OTS chair Angela Knight said the trio would bring valuable skills, expertise and experience to help the body take forward the agenda of simplifying the tax system for business and for individuals.

She said: “The addition of three new non-executive board members puts the OTS in the best possible position to make the most of its new status as a permanent, statutory body.

“We have an interesting and exciting time ahead and the opportunity to make good progress,” she added.

Financial secretary to the Treasury, Jane Ellison cited the OTS’s “vital role” in advising the government on ways to simplify the tax system for the businesses and individuals who use it.

She said “these appointments will help the OTS make real progress in achieving that.”

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