IRS Chief Counsel Resigning on Inauguration Day, Agency Says

Jan. 15, 2021, 10:33 PM

IRS Chief Counsel Michael Desmond will resign from his post on Jan. 20, the day of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, an agency spokesperson confirmed Friday.

As chief counsel, Desmond holds one of two IRS positions that are appointed by the president and require Senate confirmation. In his role, Desmond operates as the chief legal adviser to Commissioner Charles Rettig—who holds the other agency job requiring Senate approval—and assists him in interpreting, administering, and enforcing the tax laws. Rettig’s term doesn’t expire until November 2022.

  • Desmond was confirmed in February 2019 after a year-long wait. He has helped lead the...

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