Rettig to leave post as IRS Commissioner, to be replaced by 'career IRS employee'

Departure was previously scheduled by Congress.

Updated: October 29, 2022 - 2:50pm

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Commissioner of Internal Revenue Charles Rettig will leave his post early next month, part of a planned departure that will end the attorney's four-year stint heading the IRS.

Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen on Friday announced that IRS Deputy Commissioner Douglas O'Donnell would take over Rettig's post. 

O'Donnell, a "career IRS employee," has "spent more than 36 years at the agency in a variety of roles," the Treasury said in the release. 

"I want to thank Commissioner Rettig for his tireless service to the American people across two administrations, and his leadership of the IRS during the difficult and unique challenges posed by COVID-19," Yellen said. 

"I am grateful to him for his partnership and efforts to ensure taxpayers had the resources they needed to make it through the pandemic," she added.