Paul Morton, Tax Director, Office of Tax Simplification

Paul Morton, Tax Director, Office of Tax Simplification

Morton became Tax Director of the Office of Tax Simplification, an independent office of HM Treasury, in 2017

Bio

Morton graduated from University College London in 1982 and took up a role at HMRC as Inspector of Taxes in that same year. He went on to have a varied and impressive career.

Following HMRC, Morton spent four years as Tax Manager at KPMG. He was also Tax Manager at Peat Marwick McLintock.

Morton spent 16 years with RDS plc, working as their Head of Tax Oil Products. During this time, and beyond, he began joining various associations and groups. He has been President of Confederation Fiscale Europeene (CFE) for a year at a time on two separate occasions. He was also a Council Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation for nine years and Chairman of the International Fiscal Association.

In 2005, Morton moved from RDS to Reed Elsevier, where he would be their Head of Group Tax for 11 years.

Morton became Tax Director of the Office of Tax Simplification, an independent office of HM Treasury, in 2017.

Why did Paul Morton make the Financial Power List 2018

Morton was named in 25th position on the Accountancy Age Financial Power List 2018:

Following the publication of the OTS report into the VAT system last year, much of the OTS focus this year will be on the business life cycle as well as looking at relief for capital expenditure. Morton and the OTS may also be vocal on technology in 2018, including how technology developments can inform and improve the user experience. The VAT issues are not yet resolved, however, with Morton likely to be at the centre of further consultation this year on the recommendations raised by the OTS last November.

Find out which other individuals were included in the Financial Power List 2018.

Office of Tax Simplification

The Office of Tax Simplification is an independent office of HM Treasury with the objective of removing tax compliance burdens on businesses and individual taxpayers. It makes recommendations to the government on taxation areas that could be simplified, and conduct inquiries into areas of complexity.

Angela Knight is chair of the OTS.

 

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