The Washington Post

Senate confirms Werfel to lead agency

- — Jacob Bogage

The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Biden’s nominee to lead the Internal Revenue Service at a time when the tax agency has tens of billions of dollars earmarked to revitalize its sagging operations.

Daniel Werfel, 51, won confirmati­on in a 54-42 vote. Six Republican­s crossed party lines to support him, while one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin III ( W.VA.), opposed the nomination. Manchin said he had “zero faith” that the Biden administra­tion would give Werfel “the autonomy to perform the job in accordance with the law.”

Werfel will enter an agency that has not seen a meaningful upgrade to its technology in decades. The Inflation Reduction Act, the landmark climate, health-care and tax law, designated $80 billion over 10 years for the IRS to increase enforcemen­t on wealthy taxpayers and corporatio­ns, revitalize its operations and modernize its technology.

Werfel’s foremost task will be to decide how to allocate that funding while guiding the agency through tax-filing season.

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