Portman Votes to Confirm New IRS Commissioner, Highlights Need for Bipartisan IRS Reforms

September 12, 2018 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) voted to confirm new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles Rettig today, praising his qualifications and saying he looks forward to working with him on IRS reform, tax reform implementation, and other issues before the agency: 

“Charles Rettig has the right qualifications and experience necessary to lead the IRS effectively and I am pleased he was confirmed today by the Senate.  It has been 20 years since the last significant IRS reform, and it is time to update the agency once again.  Rettig’s support for a fully functioning IRS Oversight Board and a reinforced right to an independent appeal further justifies the need to move the bipartisan IRS reform legislation that I introduced with Senator Cardin, the Protecting Taxpayers Act. We have an opportunity ahead of us to make the IRS more responsive and accountable to the needs of taxpayers and help restore Americans’ faith in this agency, and I look forward to working with the new commissioner on this effort and other important issues.” 

NOTE: At a Senate Finance Committee hearing in June, Portman questioned Rettig about his views on IRS reform and improving the agency’s customer service for American taxpayers, and he agreed on the importance of overhauling the agency’s Oversight Board and preserving a taxpayer’s right to an independent appeal of the agency’s actions. Portman and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) recently unveiled bipartisan legislation – the Protecting Taxpayers Act – to reform a number of IRS functions and administrative practices in order to make the agency more responsive and accountable to taxpayers.  The bill is designed to (1) revitalize the IRS organizational structure and management; (2) increase taxpayer protections and modernize enforcement procedures; (3) improve small business and retirement plan tax administration; (4) better serve low-income taxpayers; (5) overhaul the IRS appeals process; and (6) strengthen the IRS IT infrastructure.