Senate Confirms Koskinen to Lead IRS; He Faces Numerous Challenges

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With his Senate confirmation process complete, John Koskinen is set to take the helm of the Internal Revenue Service.
Confirmed by a 59-36 vote Dec. 20, Koskinen will be the first permanent leader for the embattled tax agency in more than a year. He takes the position just before tax filing season ramps up for 2014.
Former IRS commissioners say Koskinen, 74, has his work cut out for him. Koskinen will lead an agency whose year was fraught with scandal and congressional investigations, ranging from controversy over the targeting of political groups applying for tax-exempt status to budget and morale issues.

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