The IRS’s new commissioner was officially sworn in on October 1 by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. IRS Commissioner Charles “Chuck” P. Rettig will lead the implementation of tax reform enacted last December under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) (P.L. 115-97).
New IRS Commissioner
“I am honored, privileged and most humbled by the opportunity to serve with you as Commissioner,” Rettig said in an internal IRS message obtained by Wolters Kluwer on October 2. “The foundation of my becoming Commissioner is a deep appreciation for the IRS, its workforce and our country.”
The Senate confirmed Rettig’s nomination for IRS Commissioner by a 64–to-33 bipartisan vote. The Senate Finance Committee advanced Rettig’s nomination in July. President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Rettig last February.
IRS Priorities Moving Forward
Rettig outlined several IRS priorities in his message to IRS employees. Those priorities include, among others, implementing tax reform, balancing taxpayer service with tax enforcement, and deterring tax fraud.
“I know the Service has many challenges…I also know we must continue rebuilding trust with taxpayers while implementing the once-in-a-generation tax reform bill passed by Congress in December,” Rettig said. “We must work on our IT modernization efforts,” he added.
Additionally, while the IRS has been working toward moving more taxpayer services online, notably, Rettig emphasized the importance of providing personalized service to taxpayers. “Providing high-quality, personalized service is a critical component in helping taxpayers understand and comply with their filing and reporting obligations,” Rettig wrote.
Rettig’s term as the 49th IRS commissioner is scheduled to expire on November 12, 2022. John Koskinen’s term as IRS commissioner ended in November 2017. David Kautter, assistant secretary for tax policy at Treasury, has been serving as acting IRS commissioner in the interim.
By Jessica Jeane, Senior News Editor