Douglas H. Shulman Named IRS Commissioner
March 14, 2008
On March 13, 2008, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Douglas H. Shulman as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
“As commissioner, I will concentrate on both enforcement and service,” Shulman noted in a statement he issued upon being confirmed.
“For the majority of Americans who pay their taxes willingly and on time, there must be clear guidance, accessible education and outstanding service. Our aim should be to make it as easy as possible for citizens to pay the correct amount of taxes in the most efficient and least burdensome manner possible,” he said. “For taxpayers who intentionally evade paying taxes, there must be rigorous enforcement programs,” he added.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson issued a statement supporting President Bush’s nomination of Shulman last fall; further background on Shulman can be found here.
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Prepared March 14, 2008 by Edith Orenstein, Director, Technical Policy Analysis, Financial Executives International (FEI). This summary does not represent FEI opinion unless specifically noted above.