Early today, the Senate signed off on Douglas H. Shulman as the new IRS Commissioner.
Shulman takes over the country's tax agency during a crazy filing season, with delays from the get-go because of late legislative action by Congress. Then the economic stimulus package and upcoming rebate mailing muddied the tax administration waters even further. And the controversy over hiring private debt collectors to bring in overdue taxes rages on.
It's a good thing he's a young guy (age 40). He's going to need as much youthful energy as he can muster to wrangle this agency and its dealings with lawmakers and the public!
Inquiring minds: In my previous blog on Shulman's nomination, I commented on his youthful appearance. Does any tax historian happen to know if Shulman is the youngest person to serve as IRS Commissioner?