The Senate has confirmed Douglas H. Shulman as the new commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.

Shulman, formerly vice chairman of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, was nominated in November to replace Acting Commissioner Linda Stiff. She replaced Kevin Brown in July, when he resigned to become chief operating officer of the American Red Cross (see Bush to Nominate FINRA Vice Chair as IRS Commissioner).

Shulman (pictured) pledged to concentrate on both enforcement and service at the same time in his new role. "For the majority of Americans who pay their taxes willingly and on time, there must be clear guidance, accessible education and outstanding service," he said in a statement. "Our aim should be to make it as easy as possible for citizens to pay the correct amount of taxes in the most efficient and least burdensome manner possible. For taxpayers who intentionally evade paying taxes, there must be rigorous enforcement programs."

Shulman will also work with Congress on improving the IRS. "Members of Congress are ready for a new and willing leader at the IRS who will seek to improve service to all taxpayers, and to tackle the tax administration issues that leave our country running in the red," said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont. "I not only wish Mr. Shulman luck in his new position, I also promise that the Finance Committee will work with him to make the IRS a more efficient, effective and responsive operation for all our citizens."

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