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Friday, January 11, 2013

Ex-IRS Commissioner's New Gig, Ex-IRS Chief’s New Gig:

Doug Shulman, thewho completed his term as Internal Revenue Service commissioner in November, has new digs.

In a year where Congress may take up historic tax reform, Shulman is becoming a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, Government Executive learned after a reporter bumped into him Thursday on Washington’s 19th Street Northwest.

Before being named by President George W. Bush in 2007 to be the 47th IRS commissioner, Shulman ran consulting firms and was vice chairman of the private-sector Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. In the 1990s, he was chief of staff at the National Commission on Restructuring the Internal Revenue Service, and later a private-equity investor at Darby Investments.

With degrees from Williams College, Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and Georgetown University Law Center, Shulman also co-founded Teach for America.

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May a yak dump on the lawn of the worst and dumbest IRS commissioner ever.

Posted by: Sid | Jan 11, 2013 6:37:34 PM

So what does a guest scholar do? Write memos to himself about how his myopic focus offshore left the Identity theft and child credit fraud burning on the homeland?

Or does he conduct lectures about how successful his implementation of the FATCA Fiasco was.

Maybe write a paper, on the real statistics of his OVDP/OVDI program. How many Expat minnows did his fish fertilizer factory grind up in pursuit of one homeland whale?

Perhaps he could do some spreadsheet analysis of the actual stats of his various VD programs to determine what was real new tax revenue and what was penalties.

How about some cost vs benefit analysis to include the lost of trust in the Expat community, and the increased numbers of renunciation of citizenship.

Maybe scholarly explanation of why he stonewalled Nina Olsen 2009 Bait and Switch TAD, or why she continues to criticize the IRS operation of the voluntary programs in her 2012 Report to Congress.


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This guy was a disaster. No Commissioner has ever done as much harm to the reputation of the IRS as this man. Brookings deserves what it gets!

Three cheers for the TAS, and 3 thumbs down for Commissioner Shulman.

Posted by: Just Me | Jan 11, 2013 10:17:59 PM