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Trump picks interim replacement to lead IRS

Trump picks interim replacement to lead IRS
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David Kautter will become interim leader of the IRS when John Koskinen steps down as commissioner next month, the White House announced Thursday.

Kautter currently serves as assistant secretary for tax policy at the Treasury Department, a role he will continue in addition to his duties at the IRS.

The Treasury Department said that will include working to push tax legislation that’s expected to be released next week.

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“I look forward to having David Kautter as acting commissioner of the IRS,” Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOvernight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Big tech lobbying groups push Treasury to speak out on EU tax proposal MORE said in a statement, adding that the public will benefit from "his experience and insight" gained during an "illustrious 40-year career in tax policy."

Koskinen’s term expires on Nov. 12, and Kautter will assume his IRS post the following day.

Koskinen, who was appointed by former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Ex-US ambassador: Mueller is the one who is tough on Russia MORE, has long been a target of Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Some GOP lawmakers tried to impeach him last year, accusing him of improperly handling a congressional probe into the IRS’s handling of Tea Party groups’ applications for tax-exempt status.

Koskinen denied wrongdoing. The Justice Department announced Thursday it settled the groups’ case.

Before joining Treasury in August, Kautter was a top partner at RSM, a tax and consulting services firm. He also worked at Ernst and Young for more than 30 years and served as a staffer for former Sen. John Danforth (R-Mo.).