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Trump Officially Picks Replacement for IRS Chief John Koskinen

In a statement Thursday outlining new additions to his administration, President Donald Trump announced his intention to designate David Kautter as the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service beginning next month.

“David Kautter of Virginia to be the Acting Commissioner of Internal Revenue,” the statement read. “This designation will become effective on November 13, 2017. Mr. Kautter was confirmed on August 3, 2017, to be the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Tax Policy.”

In addition to serving as the Treasury Department’s assistant secretary for tax policy, Kautter has also worked as the leader of the firm RSM US LLP’s Washington National Tax group, overseeing, “a team of 30 tax professionals who provide expert advice to middle market companies,” according to his LinkedIn page.

His education includes a Doctor of Law from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

According to a statement by Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin, Kautter “will continue to carry out his Assistant Secretary duties, including working on tax reform, while serving as Acting Commissioner.”

“I look forward to having David Kautter as Acting Commissioner of the IRS,” Mnuchin said. “David will provide important leadership while we wait to confirm a permanent Commissioner.”

“Assistant Secretary Kautter has had an illustrious 40-year career in tax policy, and I am confident that the IRS and the American people will benefit from his experience and insight,” he added.

While it remains unknown how long Kautter will remain with the IRS, Thursday’s announcement made it clear Trump seems to have no intention of keeping current IRS commissioner John Koskinen in his administration.

Koskinen, whose term expires a day before Kautter takes over, is generally disliked by congressional Republicans, who tried to impeach him last year over the way he stonewalled their investigation into the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups.

“Though Koskinen wasn’t in office when the IRS targeted tea party and conservative groups, House Republicans said he was repeatedly uncooperative and misled congressional investigators,” The Daily Signal reporter earlier this year.

Moreover, earlier this month, the IRS reportedly located “an additional 6,924 documents of potentially responsive records” related to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that had been filed by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.

This discovery contradicted claims made by Koskinen years earlier, according to Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin.

Image and Content: Western Journalism

 

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