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Saturday, January 14, 2017

IRS Chief Counsel William Wilkins Resigns, William Paul Named Acting Chief Counsel, Effective Jan. 20

WPNational Law Review, IRS Chief Counsel William J. Wilkins Resigns Effective January 20, 2017:

William J. Wilkins has tendered his resignation as Chief Counsel effective as of noon on January 20, 2017. Mr. Wilkins was nominated by President Obama to replace Donald L. Korb, who resigned from the position in late 2008. Mr. Wilkins was confirmed by the Senate to serve as Chief Counsel in July 2009.

Prior to becoming Chief Counsel, Mr. Wilkins was a partner with WilmerHale and previously worked for the United States Senate Committee on Finance and as an associate at King & Spalding. He previously served as Chair of the Section of Taxation of the American Bar Association. William M. Paul has been named as Acting Chief Counsel.

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I've met Wilkins and he's an impressive nice guy, but it's unbeliveably disappointing that he didn't shut down the Lois Lerner targeting.

Posted by: Anon | Jan 14, 2017 11:15:32 AM

Mr. Anon: It was not possible for Wilkins to "shut down the Lois Lerner targeting." Lerner was a Commissioner-side employee, as was and is the Exempt Orgs operation. Wilkins was Chief Counsel, not the Commissioner. Moreover, as with ALL lawyers, Wilkins worked for his client, the Commissioner. Not vice versa.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Jan 14, 2017 7:31:08 PM