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Biden Team Settles on Estate-Tax Expert for IRS's Top Lawyer

  • President plans leadership changes at critical time for agency
  • Agency preparing to enact energy tax credits, buyback fee
The Internal Revenue Service building in Washington, D.C.
The Internal Revenue Service building in Washington, D.C.Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg

President Joe Biden is likely to nominate Beth Kaufman, a partner at the law firm Caplin & Drysdale, to be the top lawyer at the Internal Revenue Service as the White House prepares to overhaul the agency’s leadership, according to people familiar with the matter.

The IRS chief counsel position oversees the interpretation and enforcement of tax laws. The office will play a central role in writing regulations to implement the energy tax credits, new corporate minimum levy and stock buyback fee included in Democrats’ tax and climate package, the Inflation Reduction Act.