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Pascrell Applauds New IRS Leader

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, today applauded the Biden administration’s announcement that the President would nominate Danny Werfel as the next Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

“I applaud the Biden administration for moving to right our tax system,” said Chairman Pascrell who had led calls for the removal of Commissioner Charles Rettig. “For years now under a Trump appointee, the IRS has been mired in chaos and failure. Americans have lost trust in our tax system because there’s one set of rules for the powerful and another set for everyone else. After Congress made a big investment in fixing the IRS, the agency needs a leader who can answer the phones, get refund checks out fast, and crack down on big business tax cheats. I look forward to hearing from Mr. Werfel on his plans and acting together for tax fairness. It’s time to make the IRS work for Americans again.”

On May 13, 2022, Pascrell became the first member of Congress to demand Rettig’s dismissal. On July 7, 2022, Pascrell wrote to President Biden again calling for a new IRS Commissioner.  

As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Pascrell has been focused on fixing the IRS. On October 26, 2021, Pascrell demanded answers from Commissioner Rettig on systemic mail delays impacting IRS operations, tax filings, and refunds. Pascrell raised alarms on the slow start to the 2021 tax-filing season, and with Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA-01) castigated the IRS’s continually sending out erroneous notices to taxpayers.

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