OTS tax director John whiting is to step down in November, as the Treasury looks to find his replacement
THE TREASURY has begun its search to find a new permanent tax director for the Office of Tax Simplification, after current director John Whiting decided to finish his six-and-a-half year “stint” with the independent office.
On 13 June, the Treasury confirmed Whiting’s forthcoming departure from the role which he has served in since the OTS’ creation in 2010.
The Treasury is now on the lookout for a new tax director to lead the office’s work to provide independent advice to the chancellor on simplifying the UK tax system.
The tax director’s responsibilities include:
Speaking to Accountancy Age about his decision to step down from the role, Whiting indicated that he would like to play a role in finding his successor.
“I’m a great believer that people shouldn’t carry on with jobs forever,” said Whiting.
“Like anyone else, I’d like to quit when, well I wouldn’t say ‘ahead’… but before a point when other people tell me to go.
“I’ve had a good stint. My aim is that I hope the OTS will continue, so I will hope to play a role in finding my successor. I’ll be involved, but I think I won’t be on the panel,” continued Whiting.
The OTS director also told Accountancy Age that its business as usual concerning the office’s income tax and NI alignment plans, despite his plans to leave.
“I don’t think it makes any differences to that, I am still in the job till November, so my target is to make sure we finish our work on income tax/NICs. We’re due to put out further project work by the end of October, so then it’s over to the government to put out a full response, which we expect to receive in the Autumn Statement.
“If there is progress on this issue, it will be a short-term process not a long-term one, and it will be up to my successor to make sure they keep the pressure up.”
Whiting has held the part-time OTS role since it was established in 2010, taking the role permanently in 2011. Until 2013 he was the tax policy director of the CIoT. Previously, he was a tax partner at PwC. He is also a non-executive director of HMRC and a board member of Revenue Scotland.
The OTS is being put on a statutory footing in the Finance Bill 2016.