IRS Chief Impeachment Drive Could Complicate Search for Successor

Posted on August 29, 2016

If you are a regular reader of our blog, then you know that IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has been the subject of repeated attacks by Congress related to his operation of the IRS.

Representative Jason Chaffetz, R-UT, has introduced an impeachment resolution and a censure resolution against Koskinen.  It remains to be seen whether Koskinen can survive either resolution.  Koskinen’s current term ends in November of 2017, and the new President will have to choose a successor.

However, it may be difficult for the new President to find a qualified individual willing to be the Commissioner of the IRS because of how Koskinen has been treated.  According to Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, he remains “outraged at the way they’ve treated him.”  “It’s never easy to find someone to take the job.”  “Under the best of circumstances it’s a thankless task.”

Everyone agrees that the IRS is one of the most hated government agencies. As such, the current climate may make it difficult or impossible to convince any qualified individual to take the job.  Like it or not, we need a strong IRS to collect taxes and to enforce the tax laws.  Taxes are the cost of freedom.

Do you owe the IRS back taxes or are you currently under audit? Contact Chicago tax lawyer Patrick T. Sheehan and Associates today for a consultation. 

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