14 Facts About Charles Rettig


Charles Paul Rettig was born on November 18,1956 and is an American attorney who served as the United States Commissioner of Internal Revenue, the head of the US Internal Revenue Service.


Charles Rettig attended El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, California, graduating in 1974.


Charles Rettig earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law, and an LL.


Charles Rettig worked at the firm for over 36 years, where he represented individuals and corporations before federal and state taxing authorities.


Charles Rettig held leadership roles in a number of professional organizations.


Charles Rettig was President of the American College of Tax Counsel ; was Chair of the 4,000+ member Taxation Section of the State Bar of California from 1999 to 2000; the longtime Chair of the UCLA Extension Annual Tax Controversy Institute; and served as vice-chair, Administration, for the 12,000+ member Taxation Section of the American Bar Association.


Charles Rettig is a past member of the board of trustees for the California CPA Education Foundation.

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On February 13,2018, Charles Rettig's nomination was received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Finance.


Charles Rettig's proposed FY 2020 budget included cuts of an additional 1,800 employees.


On May 21,2019, Lloyd Doggett, a Member of the US House of Representatives from Texas, called for Charles Rettig to be jailed for not turning over then-President Donald Trump's tax returns.


Charles Rettig has continued his duties as IRS Commissioner under the Biden administration.


In 2016, prior to being nominated to his post in the IRS by Trump, Charles Rettig wrote an op-ed in Forbes defending Trump's decision not to release his tax returns.


The piece critiqued the work of what Charles Rettig called a "wealth squad" within the IRS that targeted high-income individuals for audits.


Charles Rettig co-founded the UCLA Extension Vets Count Scholarship Fund, designed to provide scholarships 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 as well as basic coursework for personal growth in budgeting, financial literacy, and investing.