Trump nominates tax attorney Charles Rettig to head IRS

Trump nominates tax attorney Charles Rettig to head IRS

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump formally nominated California-based tax lawyer Charles Rettig to serve as the next commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.

“Chuck Rettig has represented numerous taxpayers before every administrative level of the Internal Revenue Service as well as in matters before the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and various other taxing authorities,” the White House said in a statement.

Charles Rettig

Rettig has worked for Hochman, Salkin, Rettig, Toscher & Perez PC in Beverly Hills for more than 35 years. Rettig served as chairman of the IRS Advisory Council in 2011, after serving as vice chair the previous year.  The panel reviews tax policy and makes recommendations to the IRS commissioner.

Rettig will take the reins from acting commissioner David Kautter, who previous served as assistant Treasury secretary for tax policy.

John Koskinen, the previous commissioner, ended his term last November amid allegations from some Republican lawmakers that he attempted to cover up an IRS scheme to target conservative groups for audits. The White House did not heed numerous calls for Koskinen to be fired.

Rettig will serve the remainder of a five-year term that began last November.

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