David Kautter Appointed as Interim IRS Commissioner

On Thursday, President Trump announced that David Kautter, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Tax Policy, will become acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. He will take over for John Koskinen, when his 5 year term ends on November 12.

Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, praised David saying, “I look forward to having David Kautter as acting commissioner of the IRS. 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.”

Kautter was confirmed to his Treasury post in August and the department said he would continue to carry out his duties as assistant secretary, including working on President Trump’s planned tax overhaul, while serving as acting IRS commissioner. Kautter previously led RSM US LLP’s Washington National Tax Group and served as a top tax executive with Ernst and Young LLP.

There has been no timeline given on when we can expect the White House to appoint a permanent Commissioner.

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—Dylan Capaldo, National Account Manager