Senate Confirms Rettig as New IRS Commissioner

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.