Obama to Nominate Koskinen to Run IRS; Tax Community Reactions Mixed

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President Obama announced Aug. 1 his intent to nominate John Koskinen, a retired government and corporate official, as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, to replace Daniel Werfel, who is scheduled to step down in September.
By all accounts, Koskinen, if nominated, would have a tough job ahead of him to reform an agency in crisis and restore public trust in IRS, while also directing the implementation of a significant number of new and far-reaching laws at the agency.
“John is an expert at turning around institutions in need of reform. With decades of experience, in both the private and public sectors, John knows how to lead in difficult times, whether that means ensuring new management or implementing new checks and balances,” Obama said in a statement.
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