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New ‘commish’ takes office

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On Dec. 20, 2013, the Senate confirmed John Koskinen as the new commissioner of the IRS, the first permanent chief since Douglas Shulman in 2012.

Koskinen’s term as commissioner is set to expire in Novem­­ber 2017. During confirmation hearings before the Senate Finance Committee (SFC), Koskinen assured members of the panel that he would restore the public’s trust in the IRS. The agency came under fire in 2013 for its role in the “Tea Party scandal,” where staffers wrongfully targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status as well as various other mishaps.

“John Koskinen has an excellent record of public service and leadership in demanding roles,” said SFC Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont. “This is a critical time to have someone with Mr. Koskinen’s expertise in charge of the IRS.”

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