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David Kautter to serve as Acting Commissioner


Secretary Mnuchin has announced that David J. Kautter, Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy, will serve as Acting IRS Commissioner when my term ends next month.

As Treasury’s top tax official, Kautter oversees development and implementation of tax policies and programs as well as reviews regulations and rulings related to the Internal Revenue Code. In addition, he serves as the senior advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury on issues such as tax reform.

Kautter has extensive experience in the tax community, spending more than three decades at Ernst and Young, including serving as director of national tax. He later became managing director of the Kogod Tax Center at American University’s Kogod School of Business in Washington. Before joining Treasury, he served as partner in charge of the Washington National Tax Practice for RSM. Kautter is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received his law degree from Georgetown Law Center.

While acting as IRS Commissioner, Kautter will also remain in his current position at Treasury. Kautter’s term will be effective when my term officially ends on Nov. 12. Day-to-day operations will continue to be run by Kirsten Wielobob, the Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement, and Jeff Tribiano, the Deputy Commissioner for Operations Support.

During my last four years at the IRS, I’ve seen first-hand the dedication and commitment of the IRS employees, and I know the IRS is well-positioned to continue the vital work of tax administration while Acting Commissioner Kautter serves in this role. I look forward to talking with you further in the days ahead as my term concludes.

--John A. Koskinen

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