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Internal Revenue Service Crisis Update:

In Accounting & Finances, Business, Taxes on June 26, 2013 by Sufen Wang Tagged: , , , , , , ,

Daniel Werfel is IRS’ New Acting Commissioner

There’s a new sheriff in town, and he’s here to stay…only until the end of September. On May 22 Daniel Werfel, the White House Office of Management and Budget Controller, replaced Steven Miller as Acting Commissioner of the IRS.

His job: immediate crisis management regarding the agency’s improper scrutiny of conservative-leaning groups applying for tax-exempt status. Already he has replaced Lois Lerner, the director of Exempt Organizations, with Ken Corbin. And Werfel’s being kept under close watch by the big men on campus: President Obama and Treasury Secretary Lew want a progress report within 30 days.

The new Commissioner is supposed to 1) ensure that staff who acted inappropriately are held accountable, 2) examine and correct any failures in the system that allowed this behavior to happen, and 3) take a forward-looking, systemic view of the agency’s organization.

It’s too soon to tell how well Werfel is handling his role, but let’s hope he does a better job than Miller, so the IRS can start focusing on its day-to-day operations again. 

 

Sufen Wang, M.S. Accountancy,

Wang Solutions, Long Beach, CA (562) 856-0793

Editor: Hannah Huff, M.F.A. Creative Writing: Poetry, (626) 806-5805

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