Yesterday, the IRS announced that commissioner Doug Shulman's last day at work would be November 9th. For the American people, Shulman's mug served as the face of most beloved government agency that has ever existed in the history of governments. For tax professionals, DS was more like Moses - someone who ventured to dark and frightening places up on high to bring back the laws for his people to dutifully follow or ignore at their peril.
Dougie's four-and-a-half year run was an impressive one, with several memorable moments and accomplishments, far too many to make a comprehensive list, so let's run down a few highlights:
- He helped end Swiss banking as we know it, allowingfor the country to re-focus its efforts on Toblerone production.
- Embraced the IRS's reputation as the "go-to" agency.
- Oversaw the implementation of those super-fun competency exams.
- Confirmed the long-held suspicion that bureaucrats have awful taste in music.
- Won praise from the boss; something that we all covet: "Timothy F. Geithner, the Treasury secretary, praised Mr. Shulman’s efforts, saying that he 'has helped make the nation’s tax system more fair, efficient and effective.' "
- And perhaps most importantly, he revealed that he's just like you and me: "I've used one for years. I find it convenient. I find the tax code complex so I use a preparer."
Like we said, this is just a start so please take this opportunity to say a few words or impart a fond memory about our soon-to-depart Commish. Speak from the heart.