Senate Finance Chair Praises Trump’s IRS Commissioner Nominee

President Trump’s IRS Commissioner nominee, Charles Rettig, has begun meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Senate Finance Committee (SFC) Chairman Orrin G. Hatch praised Rettig following an April 26 meeting.

Fits the Bill

“With its history of scandals and continuing challenges, the IRS needs a fulltime leader who understands the scale of these issues and will work with Congress to modernize and improve the agency, bringing it into the 21st century,” Hatch said in a statement. “Chuck Rettig fits the bill.”

At this time, Democratic lawmakers have not praised or criticized Rettig.

IRS Commissioner Nominee

In addition, Hatch said that Rettig committed to implementing tax reform in an appropriate and timely manner. Doing so is “essential to ensuring all of the new law’s potential benefits are realized,” Hatch added. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) (P.L. 115-97) was enacted last December.


A bipartisan vetting process occurs for each nominee that comes before the SFC, according to information released with Hatch’s statement. Once SFC members have completed the vetting process, a date is then scheduled for a confirmation hearing.

If confirmed, Rettig will succeed John Koskinen, whose term as IRS Commissioner ended last November. David Kautter is currently serving as Acting IRS Commissioner.

By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News Staff

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