Senate confirms Desmond as IRS Chief Counsel

Tax Hot Topics newsletterThe Senate voted overwhelmingly on Feb. 27 to confirm Michael Desmond as Chief Counsel of the IRS.

The 83-15 vote in favor of Desmond’s nomination comes nearly one year after he was nominated in March 2018.  The position of IRS Chief Counsel is one of three tax-related positions in the Treasury Department that requires Senate confirmation, the other two being IRS Commissioner and Treasury Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy. Charles P. Rettig was confirmed as Commissioner on Sept. 12, 2018, and David Kautter was confirmed as Assistant Secretary on Aug. 3, 2017. The former Chief Counsel, William J. Wilkins, left his position at the end of the Obama administration in January 2017.

Prior to his confirmation, Desmond was a solo practitioner in California, and before that practiced tax law in Washington, D.C. in both private practice and in positions at the Department of Justice and Treasury Department.

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