First Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive

Jim Harra


Jim began his career in the Inland Revenue as an Inspector of Taxes in 1984. In January 2009, he was appointed Director of Corporation Tax and VAT, responsible for optimising the design and delivery of these business taxes.

Jim became Director of Personal Tax Customer Operations in March 2011, and Director Personal Tax Operations in October 2011. He was appointed Director General Business Tax on 16 April 2012. Jim took up the post as HMRC’s Second Permanent Secretary and Deputy Chief Executive on 1 January 2018.

Jim was appointed as HMRC’s First Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive in October 2019.

First Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive

HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) First Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive chairs the Executive Committee, and is responsible for delivering the department’s strategy, business objectives and performance.

They are the Principal Accounting Officer (PAO) and are accountable to Parliament for the department’s expenditure and performance.

HM Revenue & Customs and Civil Service Board

Previous roles in government

  1. Interim Chief Executive
  2. Deputy Chief Executive and Second Permanent Secretary
  3. Tax Assurance Commissioner
  4. Director General Customer Strategy and Tax Design
  5. Director General Business Tax


  1. Digital tax should not be a burden to businesses