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Mortimer Caplin Featured in Tax Notes, View From the Top: Former IRS Commissioners Remember the Job

September 17, 2012, Tax Notes
Excerpt taken from the article.

William Hoffman interviewed more than half a dozen former IRS commissioners for their views on how the agency has progressed on technology, service and enforcement, the 1998 reforms, and other critical issues during and since their service at the top of the nation's tax collecting agency.

Mortimer Caplin, founder of and senior member at Caplin & Drysdale, recalls with pride the day in 1961 that John F. Kennedy became the first president in U.S. history to visit the IRS.

Settling into his new post as IRS commissioner, Caplin felt hopeful when he called top White House aide Kenneth O'Donnell and asked for a presidential visit. "[O'Donnell] replied, "'Are you kidding? There's no votes in the IRS!'" Caplin said. "But on May 1 the IRS got its first --and to date, only--presidential visit. "I had wonderful support from the White House," said Caplin, who served as IRS commissioner from 1961 to 1964. "They were pretty exciting days."

Click the above PDF to read the article on reflections of former IRS Commissioners.


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