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Montagu to leave Revenue in March

The much-criticised head of the Inland Revenue, Sir Nicholas Montagu, is to stand down next month.

Link: Revenue slammed over huge overpayments

Sir Nicholas will quit on 12 March, when he turns 60, a Revenue spokesman said. A successor will be announced shortly.

His decision to retire as chairman comes after much criticism in the past few years.

In 2001, the Inland Revenue decided to sell its 600-building estate to a company based in a tax haven.

The deal was made even more controversial by the fact that it was made without the knowledge of ministers.

He was under-fire again after a computer fiasco left thousands of low-income families waiting for their tax credit payments.

The Revenue board paid tribute to Montagu. In a statement it praised him ‘for the firm and clear leadership’ he had provided and noted that he had ‘transformed the role of chairman’.

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