Top Lawyer Quits IRS for Private Practice
WASHINGTON (AP) _ A top legal official at the Internal Revenue Service who played a major role in the government’s crack down on abusive tax shelters intends to leave the post at the end of this month, the Treasury Department announced Wednesday.
B. John Williams, the service’s chief counsel, told President Bush in a resignation letter that the time was right to return to the private practice of law. Williams, who has held his current post for 18 months, will exit Treasury on July 31.
``He did an excellent job and taxpayers were extremely well served during his tenure,″ said Treasury Secretary John Snow.
Williams, among other things, also worked on getting information to taxpayers to help them deal with complicated tax issues.