Daily Tax Update - October 10, 2012: IRS Commissioner Shulman Will Step Down In November

IRS COMMISSIONER SHULMAN WILL STEP DOWN IN NOVEMBER:  The IRS announced today that IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman will leave on November 9, the last day of his term.  IRS Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement Steven Miller will serve as acting IRS Commissioner when Shulman steps down.  Shulman has served as IRS Commissioner since March 24, 2008.  IRS commissioners are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate for a term of up to five years, with their terms ending on November 12 of their final year (November 9 is the last work day of Shulman's term because November 12 is a federal holiday).

  • Shulman said, "The IRS team made remarkable progress in the last few years during a challenging period.  It has been an honor to serve the American people during this dynamic time."

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