Office of Tax Simplification
Who we are
The Chancellor and Exchequer Secretary launched the Office of Tax Simplification on 20 July 2010 to provide the Government with independent advice on simplifying the UK tax system. The Chancellor has asked the Office of Tax Simplification to carry out two initial reviews: a review of all tax reliefs, and a review of small business taxation.
The Office has been established as an independent Office of the Treasury for the life of the current Parliament and draws together expertise from across the tax and legal professions, the business community and other interested parties.
Rt Hon Michael Jack and John Whiting have been appointed as the Chair and Tax Director to lead the Office on an interim basis, and will work on a part time, unpaid basis. They are supported by a small secretariat including tax experts from HM Revenue & Customs and HM Treasury as well as external secondees from the tax and legal professions.
Recruitment Campaign for Permanent OTS Chair and Tax Director
The Treasury has opened the recruitment process for a permanent Chair and Tax Director of the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS). They will lead the Office’s work to provide independent advice to the Chancellor on simplifying the UK tax system as it enters its next stage.
The deadline for applications is Friday 1st July 2011. More detailed specifications for each role and details of how to apply can be found on the OTS vacancies page
What we do
The Office has been established to provide advice to the Chancellor on simplifying the UK tax system, with the objective of reducing compliance burdens on both businesses and individual taxpayers. Full details about the Office are set out in its framework document.
Latest reviews: Pensioner taxation, share schemes, and a project identifying complexity across the tax system
The OTS have written to David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, proposing three further simplification reviews for this year - pensioner taxation, share schemes, and a project identifying complexity across the tax system.
Please use the links below to find out more information about other Office of Tax Simplification reviews.
- The Office of Tax Simplification welcomes your views and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Whilst all views and ideas will be very gratefully received, we cannot commit to respond to every suggestion.
- Please direct media enquiries to the OTS press office on 020 7270 6190
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