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Monday December 22, 2014

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Commissioner Koskinen's Message to the IRS

Following his confirmation on December 20 as the new Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, John Koskinen sent greetings to all IRS employees. He stated that he "took the oath of office this morning and a top priority is to reach out immediately to IRS employees; to greet you and to share my enthusiasm about joining you at this important time."

Koskinen indicated that he plans to travel extensively in 2014 and visit "as many IRS offices as possible." He notes that the IRS will soon be entering the very busy filing season for 2013 tax returns. His highest priority is to ensure the filing season goes "as smoothly as possible."

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew welcomed Koskinen to his new position. Lew noted, "John shares my ironclad commitment to continuing to rebuild the public's trust in the IRS. The work of the IRS, which is carried out by dedicated public servants, touches virtually every American, and we need someone at the helm who brings both a strong commitment to high quality customer service and the practical abilities to strengthen the agency." Lew stated that he believes a primary focus for Koskinen will be to rebuild the credibility of the IRS.

The White House echoed this statement by Sec. Lew on rebuilding trust. It published a press release and noted that Koskinen "has always acted with the absolute integrity Americans demand from those in public service, and his strong leadership and unquestioned expertise make him the right person to lead the IRS."

Published December 27, 2013

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