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HMRC announces Hartnett’s replacement

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced that Edward Troup, the Treasury’s director general for tax and welfare, will succeed Dave Hartnett as the revenue’s most senior tax professional on August 1.

Troup, head of Simmons & Simmons’ tax practice in London before he joined the Treasury for a second time eight years ago, will become second Permanent Secretary for tax and will be responsible for HMRC’s tax policy and strategy, tax professionalism. In an additional role of tax assurance commissioner he will oversee large tax settlements, a position HMRC said it would create in response to a highly critical parliamentary report at the end of 2011 about it dealt with corporate taxpayers.

Troup will take up his post in August after Hartnett’s retirement at the end of July.

The chairman of WSP Group, Ian Barlow, has been appointed as HMRC’s lead non-executive director, replacing Mike Clasper who has reached the end of his contract.

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