Charles Rettig Confirmed as New IRS Commissioner

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Sep 13, 2018

With a vote of 64 to 33, the Senate voted to confirm Charles Rettig, a Beverly Hills tax attorney, as the new head of the IRS, according to Accounting Today

Rettig, an attorney who has been at the law firm Hochman, Salkin, Rettig, Toscher & Perez for 35 years, specializes in tax controversies as well as tax, business, charitable and estate planning, and family wealth transfers, according to his ABA bio. He is a prolific lecturer and author. He has also publicly supported the president's decision not to release his tax returns to the public. Unlike previous heads, Rettig specifically comes from a tax background, versus a general business management background. 

He succeeds Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for Tax Policy David Kautter, who had been pulling double duty as acting commissioner after the previous commissioner, John Koskinen, left his post in November when his term expired. Nominated in February, Rettig had to wait several months to be confirmed, with Democrats delaying the process not so much due to his credentials but as a protest to a Treasury decision to stop most donor disclosure requirements for nonprofit groups, as well as a limit on the federal deduction for state and local taxes imposed this year under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, according to Politico

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