Lin Homer will take up her post on January 2012 and will take over from Lesley Strathie who stepped down last month on health grounds.
Cabinet secretary and head of the Civil Service, Sir Gus O’Donnell said Homer’s wealth of experience and broad knowledge will serve the office well.
He added: “She has a wealth of experience working in the public service in central and local government.
“I was very sorry that Lesley Strathie had to step down last month, to concentrate on her health, at a time when HMRC was achieving very real improvements in its performance, and I know that Lin will build on Lesley’s achievements.”
Speaking after her appointment, Homer said her predecessor would be a hard act to follow.
She explained: “The department has achieved a great deal in recent years and I want to anchor those achievements, continue the drive for better customer service and sustainable cost reductions while bringing in more tax revenues for the country.
“I am also pleased that Dave Hartnett, Permanent Secretary for Tax, has agreed to stay on at HMRC until the summer of 2012, when he will retire. Dave is widely-recognised as a tax leader at home and abroad, and has secured billions in tax for the UK that would otherwise have been lost through avoidance, evasion and fraud.
“I will greatly benefit from the experience and continuity provided by both Mike Clasper and Dave Hartnett as I take up the reins at HMRC.”
By Joe McGrath