Chief executive of HMRC to leave in April

The government has revealed the chief executive of HM Revenue and Customs, Dame Lin Homer, will step down in April.

Dame Homer was in charge of the UK’s tax office for four years, and very recently received her damehood. She will now take a break from being a civil servant, which she has been for 36 years. She was also recently placed number one in the Accountancy Age 2016 Power List.

However, Dame Homer came under criticism from MPs over problems with major businesses such as Amazon and Google, and “unacceptable” customer service.

A critical report was released in November 2015 by MPs who argued more needed to be done by HMRC to make sure all tax was being paid.

MP Meg Hillier said: “It beggars belief that, having made disappointing progress on tax evasion and avoidance, the taxman also seems incapable of running a satisfactory service for people trying to pay their fair share.”

Dame Homer’s departure comes at a significant time for HMRC, which is reorganising to introduce personal online tax accounts, which will see 137 tax offices closed by 2027.

Commenting on her departure, Dame Homer said: “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.”