Charles Rettig Confirmed as US IRS Commissioner

The US Senate has, by a 64 – 33 vote, confirmed Charles Rettig to be the new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner.

During his more than 35 years of professional career with Hochman, Salkin, Rettig, Toscher & Perez, PC, Rettig represented numerous taxpayers before every administrative level of the IRS as well as in matters before the Tax Division of the US Department of Justice, and various other tax authorities.

Rettig served as Chair of the IRS Advisory Council; for almost 20 years, he served as a Member of the Advisory Board for the California Franchise Tax Board, and was previously a Member of the Advisory Council of the California State Board of Equalization.

Previously, Rettig chaired the taxation section of the California Bar and is currently vice-chair, administration, for taxation section of the American Bar Association, and vice-president of the American College of Tax Counsel.

House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) said: “I want to congratulate Chuck Rettig on his successful confirmation. Getting a permanent commissioner in that seat is imperative to ensure our new tax code is administered fairly and effectively.”

“Americans’ faith in the IRS over the years has vanished, and for good reason. Riddled with scandals, the agency abused its power and lost sight of its mission of providing taxpayers with quality service. As we continue to work with the Senate on our package of bold reforms to redesign the IRS, Rettig is just the partner we need to transform the agency to one that truly puts taxpayers first.”

Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said: “I applaud the Senate for voting to confirm Chuck Rettig, an extremely adept tax lawyer and devoted taxpayer advocate. I look forward to Chuck’s leadership and experience, which will improve taxpayer service, protect hardworking taxpayers, and ensure the proper, impartial, and efficient implementation of the US Tax Code.”