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Shulman to retire from IRS Commissioner post on November 9

The IRS has announced that Douglas Shulman, the 47th Commissioner of Internal Revenue, will step down from his post on November 9, 2012, which is the last day of his five-year term. Shulman had indicated earlier in the year that he would leave the IRS at the end of his term.

Shulman’s record

Shulman was nominated by former President George Bush in November 2007, and confirmed by the Senate on March 24, 2008. An IRS press release reports that, during his tenure in office, Shulman’s notable accomplishments include implementing approximately $300 billion in tax-relief funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, overseeing development of two offshore voluntary disclosure programs to prevent tax avoidance using foreign-based accounts, and launching the agency’s return preparer initiative.

Appointment process

New IRS commissioners are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate for a term of up to five years, with their terms ending by law on November 12 of their final year. (Shulman’s term ends Friday, November 9 because November 12, 2012 falls on the federal government’s observance of Veteran’s Day.) Several months generally pass from nomination to confirmation. During the current vacancy, Steven Miller, Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement and a career IRS official, will serve as the acting Commissioner.