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IRS Chief Douglas Shulman Sets Nov. 9 Departure Date

Douglas Shulman, the commissioner of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, will leave his job Nov. 9, the agency said today in Washington.

Shulman, 45, had announced his intention to leave office when his term expires. He became commissioner in March 2008. A new five-year term begins Nov. 13.

“The IRS team made remarkable progress in the last few years during a challenging period,” Shulman said in a statement. “It has been an honor to serve the American people during this dynamic time.”

Steven Miller, a deputy commissioner, will become acting commissioner until a new leader for the agency is nominated and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. That means Miller will lead the IRS as it nears the tax-filing season that begins in January. Congress hasn’t decided whether to extend dozens of expired tax breaks, complicating the agency’s preparations.

Shulman has emphasized upgrades to the agency’s aging computer systems, regulation of tax-return preparers and enforcement of tax laws across international borders.

“His work at the IRS -- from fighting tax evasion to modernizing technology -- has helped make the nation’s tax system more fair, efficient, and effective,” Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said in a statement. “Commissioner Shulman is leaving the IRS a stronger institution - the mark of a true public servant - and his advice and expertise will be missed.”

The term of the next commissioner will begin upon confirmation and end Nov. 12, 2017.

Amy Brundage, a spokeswoman for the White House, declined to comment on whether or when President Barack Obama would nominate a successor.

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