President Joe Biden recently nominated Danny Werfel to be the new commissioner of the IRS.
Werfel currently leads Boston Consulting Group’s global public sector practice. Unlike departing commissioner Charles Rettig, Werfel is not a tax attorney. He does have prior IRS experience, and briefly served as acting commissioner in 2013. He also served in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, as deputy controller and then as federal controller.
Werfel takes over at a critical time, with the IRS receiving $80 billion in new funding under the Inflation Reduction Act. He will have the opportunity to dramatically transform the IRS over the next several years but will face aggressive oversight from House Republicans already critical of IRS funding.
Werfel will need to be confirmed by the Senate, which is likely made easier by Democrats retaining control in the recent elections. Republicans could try and slow the process as part of their objections to the new IRS funding.
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