Wednesday March 8, 2023 – Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has announced that he will vote against, President Biden’s choice for head of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Daniel Werfel. Manchin is dissatisfied with the way the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is being implemented.
Although Manchin was the deciding vote on the IRA, he thinks Werfel would not be given autonomy to perform the job according to the law. “While Daniel Werfel is supremely qualified to serve as the IRS Commissioner, I have zero faith he will be given the autonomy to perform the job in accordance with the law and for that reason, I cannot support his nomination,” he said. “At every turn, this administration has ignored congressional intent when implementing the Inflation Reduction Act,”
Daniel Werfel is still expected to have enough support to be named the new Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service when the vote reaches the Senate floor, even without Manchin’s vote, and two other absent Democrats, Senators Fetterman and Feinstein. Six Republicans voted to advance Werfel’s nomination on a procedural vote.
Manchin also said he would not vote for President Biden’s nominee to sit on the Federal Communications Commission, Gigi Sohn. Manchin cited her “unprecedented” and “bipartisan opposition” due to her past activist statements and alliances with far-left groups. Shortly after his statement, Sohn withdrew herself from consideration, citing the toll that the attacks had taken on her and her family.
So, look for Werfel to be the next Commissioner of the IRS, where he has vowed not to increase audits for households making under $400,000. We shall see.
Attorney Steven A. Leahy reports on the latest IRS news on Today’s Tax Talk.