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Lin Homer, the chief executive of the HM Revenue and Customs, is to step down in April after four years in the role.
Homer said the start of George Osborne’s next Spending Review period seemed like a “sensible time to move on”.
It comes after the tax collector, who was made a Dame in the New Year’s Honours list, faced intense criticism from MPs over HMRC’s handling of tax avoidance.
She was forced to defend the department securing only one prosecution from a list of 6,800 UK-related secret Swiss bank accounts provided in 2010 by French authorities.
On Monday Osborne praised the former Border Agency boss, saying she had “made a real contribution to public service modernisation and transformation” and “put the foundations in place that will see HMRC become one of the most digitally-advanced tax authorities in the world”.
Homer has spent a total of 36 years in the civil service. As well as running the Border Agency, she was permanent secretary at the Department for Transport and chief executive of Birmingham City Council prior to joining HMRC in January 2012.
She is not currently looking for another role, but said she will be “fully sensitive to the responsibility and care that senior HMRC officials should take when considering the appropriateness of potential roles and organisations”.
The government said it has begun a process to select her successor.
Additional reporting by Press Association