California Lawyer Chuck Rettig Nominated to Lead IRS

President Donald Trump on February 8 announced his intent to nominate California tax lawyer Charles Rettig as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.

If confirmed by the Senate, Rettig, who has worked with the law firm of Hochman, Salkin, Rettig, Toscher & Perez for more than 35 years, will replace acting commissioner David Kautter.

Kautter has headed the IRS since November, while also serving as the U.S. Treasury's assistant secretary for tax policy. The president’s selection of Rettig as his successor had been rumored since late January.

Rettig has represented clients before the IRS, the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, numerous state taxing authorities and in federal and state court litigation and appeals.

His law firm’s website describes Rettig as “a strong supporter for the integrity of our system of tax administration” who has served on many federal and state tax agency advisory boards. He has been “invited to lecture to IRS and other government representatives regarding the accountability of both government and private tax practitioners to the public as well as to our tax system,” the site states.

Rettig also is a regular columnist and author in various national tax-related publications.


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