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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Pepperdine Law Grad Chuck Rettig To Be Named IRS Commissioner

RettigCharles Rettig (J.D. 1981, Pepperdine; Tax LL.M. 1982, NYU), tax partner at Salkin, Rettig, Toscher & Perez (Beverly Hills, CA), is slated to be President Trump's nominee to be IRS Commissioner.  Wall Street Journal, Trump Soon to Nominate Tax Lawyer Charles Rettig to Run IRS:

President Donald Trump will nominate Charles Rettig, a California tax lawyer, to run the Internal Revenue Service, a person familiar with the matter said Monday.

If confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Rettig will take one of the most thankless jobs in Washington. He would run an agency that despite a shrunken budget is responsible for implementing the sprawling Republican overhaul of the U.S. tax system passed by Congress last year. He would also be charged with overseeing the agency Mr. Trump has said has been auditing his tax returns from 2002 onward. The president has cited that process as the reason he hasn’t released those documents to the public.

Mr. Rettig’s selection departs from the recent trend of IRS commissioners. The most recent Senate-confirmed commissioners—John Koskinen, Douglas Shulman, Mark Everson and Charles Rossotti —weren’t career tax experts when they were picked.

They were experienced managers chosen because the 80,000-employee IRS runs in many ways like a large financial-services firm with information-technology, customer-service and collection divisions. That record reflects that presidents made a conscious choice, confirmed by Congress, to prefer business-style management to tax expertise in the IRS’s top job.

Mr. Koskinen left the IRS in November 2017 when his term ended. The current acting commissioner, David Kautter, is the top Treasury Department tax policy official.

Mr. Rettig comes from the “old-school model” of a tax lawyer as commissioner, said Steven Miller, a former acting IRS commissioner.

“I have nothing but good things to say about Chuck,” said Mr. Miller, who is now at Alliantgroup, a firm that helps companies qualify for tax breaks. Mr. Miller resigned from the IRS in 2013 after an inspector general’s report found the agency improperly scrutinized some conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

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Comments

I'm glad it's a lawyer as Commissioner this time. He will be better able to ferret out what's been going on in the Chief Counsel's office this past nine years, and will care about it.

Posted by: Eric Rasmusen | Feb 7, 2018 9:22:32 AM