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 Defense: Trump hits Iranian central bank with sanctions | Trump meeting with Ukrainian leader at UN | Trump touts relationship with North Korea's Kim as 'best thing' for US Trump says he's sanctioning Iran's national bank Lawmakers run into major speed bumps on spending bills 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 ObamaKrystal Ball tears into 'Never Trump' Republicans Sanders campaign announces it contacted over 1 million Iowa voters Iowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats 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.).