AccountancyAge and William Hill have produced a list of the latest odds on the potential candidates to replace Homer.
On that subject, has anyone seen the job advertised yet?
Edward Troup - 2/1Our front-runner currently serves as HMRC's tax assurance commissioner and second permanent secretary so on paper looks like he has the credentials.
His job involves reporting directly to Lin Homer and is responsible for shaping tax policy and strategy. Before HMRC, Troup was a partner at international law firm Simmons and Simmons, so will have the legal know-how at his disposal if he's ever called into a PAC hearing if he gets the top job.
Jim Harra - 5/2Harra has worked his way up the ranks at HMRC, beginning his career in the Inland Revenue as an inspector of taxes in 1984. In 2009, Harra was appointed director of corporation tax and VAT and has previously suggested that it's unrealistic to expect multinational firms to pay as much as other businesses, something which sparked outrage in the wake of Google's £130m "sweetheart payment" to the taxman.
He has a wide knowledge of tax issues, including tax avoidance and knows a lot about the inner workings of HMRC. Was inspector of taxes at the Inland Revenue (now known as HMRC since 2005) in 1984.
Andy Cole - 3/1Director of specialist investigations at HMRC. He has overall responsibility for leading the response to HMRC's largest and most complex fraud and avoidance risks through civil means.
Margaret Hodge - 7/1Former chair of the Public Accounts Committee and one of the chief critics of HMRC's failure to tackle tax avoidance.
Stephen Herring - 7/1Head of taxation at the Institute of Directors' policy unit. Herring has specialised in taxation for over 30 years and, before joining the IoD in September 2013, was a partner in three global accounting firms (Grant Thornton, EY and BDO). He was appointed by the Exchequer secretary as one of the eight independent members of HM Treasury's Tax Professionals Forum.
Ian Powell - 12/1Chairman and senior partner at Big Four accounting firm PwC, he is stepping down as PwC chairman later this year.
John Whiting - 12/1Tax director of the Office of Tax simplification. Until 2013 he was the tax policy director of the CIoT; previously, he was a tax partner at PwC.
Steve Lewis - 500/1Coffee shop owner from Crickhowell and star of The Town That Took on the Taxman, has his own campaign to become CEO of HMRC. When he spoke to Accountancy Age, he gave himself 1000/1 odds.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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