Attorney Charles “Chuck” P. Rettig was confirmed by the Senate in a 64-33 vote on Wednesday, September 12, to succeed Acting Commissioner David Kautter who has been serving in the position since November of 2017. Nominated by President Trump for the position on February 13, 2018, Rettig is a graduate of Pepperdine University College of Law and New York University Law School’s Graduate Tax Program, and practiced in the area of state and federal tax controversy for more than thirty-five years at the California law firm Hochman, Salkin, Rettig, Toscher & Prerez, PC. He has previously served as a vice chair for the ABA’s Section of Taxation, chair of the IRS’ Advisory Council, and vice president of the American College of Tax Counsel. His term will run from November 13, 2017, which is when former Commissioner John Koskinen’s term expired, through November of 2022.
Rettig faces the difficult challenge of stepping into the position of Commissioner shortly before the first filing season after the passing of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. With the responsibility of overseeing the Service’s 77,000 plus employees, Rettig has already indicated that he intends to focus on updating the Service’s antiquated technology.
Kati Sanford Goodner is based in the firm’s Knoxville office. Commercial Litigation and Tax Controversy are Kati’s primary focus, although her experience and practice routinely includes Estate and Trust Litigation, Conservatorships, and advising her small business clients in a variety of matters ranging from formation issues to shareholder disputes and litigation. With an extensive background in litigation, Kati represents taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service and the Tennessee Department of Revenue in both civil and criminal tax matters, whether in the early stages of an examination, at the collections stage, or seeking relief from IRS liens and levies through the administrative process or in Court. She is adept at handling complex litigation, has represented clients in Tennessee and across the country, and she routinely works with professionals ranging from accountants to highly-specialized physicians and engineers.
Kati is a regular speaker and author on tax-related matters, including legislative changes and practical applications of the tax code for individuals and small businesses. In addition to serving on various boards within the Knoxville, Tennessee, and American Bar Associations, she is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Tax Law Section and the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation. She also serves as a member of the City of Knoxville’s Better Building Board and enjoys working with middle school girls at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church.