Posted by: Steven Toscher | February 11, 2018

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Charles P. Rettig to be the Next Commissioner of Internal Revenue

On February 8, President Donald J. Trump announced the intent to nominate Charles P. Rettig of Hochman, Salkin, Rettig, Toscher & Perez, PC, to be the next Commissioner of Internal Revenue for the remainder of a term of five years beginning 11/13/17. If confirmed by the Senate, Chuck would be the 49th IRS Commissioner, the first “tax person” to assume the position since 1997 and only the second confirmed Commissioner to be from California. 

In support of this announcement, Steven Toscher stated “we could not be more pleased and honored that the President will nominate our close friend and long-time member of our firm to be the next Commissioner of Internal Revenue. Chuck is the person who can protect taxpayers’ rights, help improve taxpayer service, and oversee the modernization of the ailing IRS information technology infrastructure. He is most capable to lead the IRS in its important mission of properly serving and protecting the rights of taxpayers and insuring the fair, efficient and impartial enforcement of our tax laws. There is no more qualified nominee to lead the IRS and insure accountability at this very critical time for tax administration. As a longtime, strong supporter for the integrity our system of tax administration, Chuck will hold both Government and private tax practitioners accountable to the public. His ongoing efforts and concern for the fair treatment of all taxpayers have earned him tremendous respect throughout the Government and private tax practitioner communities.”

Avram Salkin, co-founder of Hochman, Salkin, Rettig, Toscher & Perez, PC, added “the Commissioner of Internal Revenue is one of the most important positions in our Government and having known and worked closely with Chuck for over three decades, I have been honored and privileged to watch him become one of the most respected tax lawyers in our country with impeccable integrity and judgment.”

Dennis Perez, further added that “Chuck will be sorely missed by all of us and I know it has been an extremely difficult decision for Chuck to leave what has been his home for his entire professional career. However, this country and the IRS are deserving of his focused leadership and dedicated service and for that we are extremely proud of him and his strong commitment toward enhancing our system of tax administration.”

As previously stated in the Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, “According to peers, Charles Rettig of Hochman Salkin Rettig Toscher & Perez is ‘phenomenal, just phenomenal.’ Further, he “is regarded by market sources as a ‘brilliant and gifted lawyer . . . a real star and a national leader'” who “enjoys a superb reputation and benefits from ‘great presence.’” Chambers USA has further stated “Fantastic controversy tax lawyer” Charles Rettig is “knowledgeable and very intelligent . . . a force to be reckoned with . . . a driving force in policy making at the national level with great client skills when it comes to sensitive matters.”

During his 35+ year professional career with Hochman, Salkin, Rettig, Toscher & Perez, PC, Chuck Rettig has represented numerous taxpayers before every administrative level of the Internal Revenue Service as well as in matters before the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and various other taxing authorities. Chuck served as Chair of the IRS Advisory Council (IRSAC suggests best practices and operational improvements for taxpayer services at the IRS as well as current or proposed IRS policies, programs, and procedures); for almost 20 years, he has served as a Member of the Advisory Board for the California Franchise Tax Board and was previously a Member of the Advisory Council of the California State Board of Equalization. Previously, he chaired the 4,000+ member Taxation Section of the California Bar and is currently Vice-Chair, Administration for the 12,000+ member Taxation Section of the American Bar Association, and Vice-President of the American College of Tax Counsel.

Chuck has been an invited participant at various United States Tax Court Judicial Conferences,  has served as Chair of various national, state and local professional organizations, is a frequent lecturer before such professional organizations, and is a regular columnist and author in various national tax-related publications. Notably, he has served as Chair of the UCLA Extension Annual Tax Controversy Institute for more than 20 years, has Chaired the Ethics, Compliance and Enforcement Subcommittee of the USC Institute on Federal Taxation since 2003, and has served on the Advisory Board and Chaired the “Tax Controversies” sessions for the New York University Institute on Federal Taxation since 2007. Further, he has often participated in presentations on behalf of the AICPA, the California Society of CPAs, and the Hawai’i Society of CPAs.

Chuck is a Certified Specialist both in Taxation Law and in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law (the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization) admitted to practice law in California, Hawai’i and Arizona (inactive). Chuck received his LL.M. (in Taxation) from the School of Law at New York University, his J.D. from the School of Law at Pepperdine University, and his B.A. (in economics) from UCLA.

Among his many activities on behalf of others, Chuck co-founded the UCLA Extension VETS COUNT Scholarship Fund – Vets Count is designed to provide financial assistance for active duty and retired military personnel who are working to realize their career goals in tax, accounting, wealth management, and other areas of the financial services industry. For further information, see


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