PAYE chief leaves HMRC

A SENIOR HM Revenue & Customs figure – who presided over the PAYE scandal which saw six million people pay the wrong amount of tax despite a new IT system being brought in – is leaving the department.

Bernadette Kenny, director general of personal tax at HMRC, came under fire from MPs when the extent of the PAYE problems were unveiled.

An HMRC spokesman confirmed that Kenny is leaving the department.

An HMRC spokesman said: “Bernadette Kenny, director general personal tax, is leaving HMRC at the end of January after 5 years with the department.

“Bernadette who has been a civil servant for 30 years, has decided that she would like to pursue other career opportunities.

“Stephen Banyard, currently director of HMRC‘s business customer unit will replace Bernadette on a temporary basis.”

The taxman was unable to comment on Kenny’s next post, but confirmed it has set aside six months to find her replacement.

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