Washington (May 28, 2004) -- The Internal Revenue Service named Steven T. Miller as commissioner of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division and Rich Morgante as deputy commissioner of the Wage and Investment Division, effective June 1.

As commissioner of the TE/GE Division, Miller will direct one of the agency’s four service-wide enforcement priorities to discourage and deter non-compliance within tax-exempt and government entities and misuse of such entities by third parties for tax avoidance and other unintended purposes. Miller replaces Evelyn Petschek, who will become the commissioner’s chief of staff on June 1.

Miller, who joined an IRS division that was the precursor to TE/GE in 1993, has served as director of TE/GE's exempt organizations function since 1999. He also served in the IRS Chief Counsel's Office for several years and as a congressional staff member for the Joint Committee on Taxation.

Morgante, who currently serves as deputy commissioner of TE/GE, will replace Wage and Investment deputy commissioner John C. Duder, who will retire next month at the end of his four-year appointment. In June 2005, Morgante will also assume the post of Wage and Investment Commissioner, replacing Henry O. Lamar, Jr., who recently announced that he will retire next year. Prior to joining TE/GE, Morgante was the director of management and finance in the Small Business/Self Employed Division.

-- WebCPA staff

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