Washington (April 19, 2004) -- President Bush's nominee, Donald Korb, has been sworn in as the 46th chief counsel for the Internal Revenue Service.


IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson and Treasury Department general counsel Arnold I. Havens administered the oath of office to Korb last week. Under the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998, the chief counsel reports to both the IRS commissioner and the Treasury general counsel.


Korb, who was confirmed by the Senate on April 8, begins his third tour with the IRS. In 1974, he began work as an attorney/adviser in the chief counsel's office and spent four years handling a variety of issues. He rejoined the IRS for two years in the mid-1980s as a special assistant to then-Commissioner Roscoe Egger. Korb served as the overall coordinator of the service's involvement in the legislative process that resulted in the Tax Reform Act of 1986.


Before being nominated by President Bush in December, he served as a partner at the Cleveland-based law firm of Thompson Hine LLP. Prior to that, he was a partner at Coopers & Lybrand in Cleveland.


In his Senate confirmation hearing, Korb said that his top priority was to assist Everson with the agency’s three key goals: Continuing to enhance the service that the IRS provides to taxpayers; continuing to modernize the information technology systems of the IRS; and strengthening the integrity of the nation's tax system through enhanced enforcement activities.


-- WebCPA staff

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