IRS Appoints New Small Business Commissioner

The IRS announced that it has appointed Christopher Wagner as the commissioner of the agency's Small Business and Self-Employed Division (SB/SE) and Faris Fink as deputy commissioner.

Wagner was previously the deputy commissioner of SB/SE, which has about 28,000 employees, is one of the four operating divisions of the IRS and serves roughly 55 million taxpayers.

The agency's short release announcing Wagner's appointment noted that SB/SE is "a major part of IRS enforcement activities, focusing on promoters of abusive tax schemes, high-income non-filers and other serious tax compliance issues."

Wagner replaces Kathy Petronchak, who retired in August 2008. Fink was previously director for tax examination matters in 10 Midwest states.

Wagner previously served as the deputy commissioner of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division, another division of the IRS. He has also served as deputy national taxpayer advocate for the Taxpayer Advocate Service.

By Sharon McLoone |  October 22, 2008; 3:45 PM ET Policymakers
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