Former BBA chief Angela Knight to lead Office of Tax Simplification

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The Government has appointed former British Bankers’ Association chief executive Angela Knight to chair the Office of Tax Simplification.

Knight, a former Conservative MP who was the public face of the banking sector in the aftermath of the financial crisis, replaces Michael Jack in the role.

Treasury financial secretary David Gauke says: “Angela’s talent and experience make her the ideal person to help us meet our commitment to make taxes simpler for taxpayers.

“In the Summer Budget we made the Office of Tax Simplification a permanent fixture and we have since expanded the OTS to give it the capability and capacity to be even more effective.

“I look forward to working with Angela and I’m sure that under her chairmanship the OTS will help us create a tax system that delivers for British businesses and people.”

Knight adds: I look forward to the challenge of helping the Government move closer towards a tax system that is simpler to understand and easier to use.

“I am aware that a lot of good work has already been done, but there is much still to do.

“The OTS can help improve our tax system both in looking at where simplification is possible within existing arrangements and by making positive contributions to tax policy development.”