Daily Tax Update - April 20, 2009

PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES INTENT TO NOMINATE WILKINS FOR IRS CHIEF COUNSEL:  On April 17, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate William J. Wilkins to be the Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service as well as Assistant General Counsel in the Department of the Treasury. Wilkins is currently chair of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation and a partner in the Washington office of a law firm’s tax practice group. He has also worked on the staff of the Senate Finance Committee.

  • IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said, “I am extremely pleased by the President’s announcement of his intent to nominate Bill Wilkins to be the next Chief Counsel of the IRS. His intellectual leadership and vast experience both in government and private practice make him eminently qualified for the position. I look forward to Bill joining the senior IRS team to lead this critically important part of the IRS once he has been confirmed by the Senate.”

IRS COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERS FOR LMSB, TE/GE, and APPEALS:  Today, IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman announced the selection of Steven T. Miller as commissioner of the Large and Mid-Size Business Division (LMSB), Sarah Hall Ingram as commissioner of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities (TEGE) Division, and Diane Ryan as chief of Appeals. The personnel changes are a result of the June retirement of LMSB Commissioner Frank Ng.

  • Shulman said, “These three people have long and distinguished track records as leaders inside the IRS. They bring a strong combination of institutional knowledge and insight to these critical positions.”

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