Charles Rettig

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Charles Rettig
Chuck Rettig IRS official photo.jpg
49th Commissioner of Internal Revenue
Assumed office
October 1, 2018
PresidentDonald J. Trump
Preceded byJohn Koskinen
Personal details
Charles Paul Rettig[1][2]

(1956-11-18) November 18, 1956 (age 63)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Spouse(s)Tam Rettig
Children4, including 2 stepsons
EducationUniversity of California, Los Angeles (BA)
Pepperdine University (JD)
New York University (LLM)

Charles Paul Rettig (born November 18, 1956)[3] is the United States Commissioner of Internal Revenue, the head of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). On September 12, 2018, the United States Senate confirmed Rettig's nomination to be Commissioner for the term expiring November 12, 2022.[4][5] Rettig was sworn in on October 1, 2018.[6][7]


Rettig earned a BA in economics from UCLA, a JD at the Pepperdine University School of Law and an LL.M. in Taxation at the NYU School of Law.[3][8][9]

Pre-IRS legal career[edit]

Rettig was a partner at the Beverly Hills tax controversy law firm of Hochman, Salkin, Rettig, Toscher & Perez, P.C.[10][11] He worked at the firm for over 36 years, where he represented individuals and corporations before federal and state taxing authorities.[12][10] The firm has 10 attorneys and was established in 1960.[13][14]

Rettig held leadership roles in a number of professional organizations. He was President of the American College of Tax Counsel (ACTC); was Chair of the 4,000+ member Taxation Section of the State Bar of California from 1999–2000;[3] was the longtime Chair of the UCLA Extension Annual Tax Controversy Institute; and most recently served as Vice-Chair, Administration, for the 12,000+ member Taxation Section of the American Bar Association.[15]

In 2010–2011, Rettig was appointed by the IRS to serve as Chairman of the IRS Advisory Council (IRSAC) for the last year of his three-year term.[16] The IRSAC's primary purpose is to provide an organized public forum for senior IRS executives and representatives of the public to discuss relevant tax administration issues.[17]

In his home state of California, Rettig was a longtime member of the California FTB Advisory Board.[18] He was designated a Certified Specialist in Taxation Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization and also designated a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.[8] He is a Past-Member of the Board of Trustees for the California CPA Education Foundation.


On February 13, 2018, Rettig's nomination was received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Finance.

During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee on June 28, 2018, Rettig "told lawmakers he would ensure that the agency is 'impartial and non-biased from top to bottom' and follows the law."[19] The committee approved his nomination on July 19, 2018.

Rettig's nomination was confirmed by the full Senate by a vote of 64–33 on September 12, 2018.[20] Secretary Mnuchin administered the oath of office to Rettig on October 1, 2018.

In FY 2019, the IRS plans to cut 2,200 employees.[21] In Rettig's FY 2020 budget request, he plans to cut an additional 1,800 employees. Since FY 2010, staffing decreased by about 19 percent, primarily in compliance and enforcement.[22]

On May 21, 2019, Lloyd Doggett, a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas, called for Rettig to be jailed for not turning over President Trump's tax returns.[23]

Other activities[edit]

Rettig is active in numerous civic and philanthropic activities. He co-founded the UCLA Extension Vets Count Scholarship Fund, designed to provide scholarships for active duty and retired military personnel who are working to realize their career goals in tax, accounting, wealth management, and other areas of the financial services industry as well as basic coursework for personal growth in budgeting, financial literacy, and investing.[9] Also, according to his official IRS bio,[10] he's "active in the Wounded Warrior Project, Advance Guard." The Advance Guard is a charitable "monthly giving program" in which participants donate a minimum of $19 per month by check or credit card.[24] According to Rettig's law firm biography on the website of his former firm, he's an associate member of the Academy of Magical Arts.[25]


 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document: "".

  1. ^ Justia profile
  2. ^ Reports of the United States Tax Court (2014), page 46
  3. ^ a b c "Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service: Who Is Charles Rettig?".
  4. ^ "Roll call vote on confirmation of Rettig nomination (IRS)".
  5. ^ "PN1620 — Charles P. Rettig — Department of the Treasury".
  6. ^ Jagoda, Naomi (October 2, 2018). "New IRS chief sworn in".
  7. ^ Nevius, Alistair M. (October 2, 2018). "Charles Rettig sworn in as new IRS commissioner".
  8. ^ a b "Martindale bio for Charles P. Rettig".
  9. ^ a b "Taxing Times" (PDF). 2018.
  10. ^ a b c "Commissioner Charles P. Rettig". October 1, 2018.
  11. ^ "Newsletter" (PDF).
  12. ^ ProPublica, Paul Kiel, Jesse Eisinger (2018-12-11). "The Golden Age of Rich People Not Paying Their Taxes". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  13. ^ "Hochman Salkin Toscher Perez P.C."
  14. ^ "Law Firm Office Information for Hochman, Salkin, Toscher & Perez, P.C. -".
  15. ^ "Message from the Institute Chair - UCLA Extension Business, Management, and Legal Programs".
  16. ^ "Charles Rettig appointed IRSAC Chairman" (PDF).
  17. ^ "Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council Facts".
  18. ^ "Advisory Board Members | California Franchise Tax Board". 2018-05-21. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  19. ^ Laura Davison & Lynnley Browning (June 28, 2018). "IRS Nominee Says He's Never Had a Client Under Audit for a Decade".
  20. ^ Rubin, Richard. "Charles Rettig wins confirmation as IRS commissioner".
  21. ^ "IRS Defends Budget That Would Cut More Than 2,200 Full-Time Jobs".
  22. ^ "Congressional Budget Justification and Annual Performance Report and Plan Fiscal Year 2020" (PDF).
  23. ^ "Dem wants Trump officials jailed for not turning over tax returns".
  24. ^ "Advance Guard Monthly Giving Program".
  25. ^ "Our Firm- Our Attorneys- Charles P. Rettig". Retrieved February 27, 2018.
Government offices
Preceded by
John Koskinen
Commissioner of Internal Revenue