IRS union warmly greets new commissioner

Attorney Charles Rettig was confirmed by a vote in the Senate on Sept. 13 to become the new Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. In the wake of the vote, the union representing IRS employees—the National Treasury Employees Union—issued a statement, expressing hope for the future under Rettig’s leadership.

“My congratulations to the new IRS Commissioner,” NTEU President Tony Reardon said. “I look forward to working with Commissioner Rettig on many serious issues currently facing the IRS.”

“NTEU, which represents about 70,000 IRS frontline employees around the country, is eager to maintain open communication with agency leadership about making sure the IRS workforce has the resources it needs to carry out the agency’s important missions,” Reardon said.

The union’s statement also shared the organization’s continuing concerns over understaffing and other issues that have burdened the agency’s employees, and, the union has long argued, hampered the mission. “NTEU has long advocated for increases in agency funding, staffing and training so that the IRS can collect the nation’s revenue, enforce the tax code and assist individual and corporate taxpayers,” Reardon said. “The agency has lost 22,000 full-time employees since 2010 and is faced with implementing the largest overhaul to the tax code in 30 years, so the work ahead is challenging but we are proud to represent the professional civil servants of the IRS.”

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