Wednesday April 5, 2023 – Danny Werfel was sworn in as the 50th Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday April 4, 2023. While Commissioner Werfel was sitting through his Senate confirmation hearing, the Treasury Department missed its self-appointed deadline to present a plan to the American people on just how they planned to spend the nearly $80 Billion in new funding for the IRS provided by the Inflation Reduction Act. Remember the Inflation Reduction Act? The Act that was passed without a single Republican vote.
Danny is not new to the IRS. He was appointed as the Acting Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on May 22, 2013, by then-President Barack Obama. Right after the IRS was caught targeting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status and the previous Commissioner, Steven Miller resigned under a cloud. Think Lois Learner.
Commissioner Werfel has promised the IRS workforce they will receive the credit they deserve. The IRS workforce “has risen to the occasion and delivered for taxpayers with limited resources.” The additional $80 Billion will allow the IRS to treat every taxpayer fairly.
Don’t worry, everything you ever thought bad about the IRS, will be just great. This filing season has been better than the previous filing seasons. You know the filing seasons when the IRS employees stayed home and no one was there to process returns or answer the phone.
Attorney Leahy welcomes IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel on Today’s Tax Talk.