The following message was sent on behalf of IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman:
I want to announce to all of you that David Williams, Director of the Return Preparer Office, has decided to return to Capitol Hill. Carol Campbell, currently the IRS Deputy Chief of Staff, will take over this critical position.
The leadership change, effective next month, takes place just over three years after the IRS started its ground-breaking effort to extend oversight of the return preparer industry, a critical part of the nation's tax system. The IRS has taken major steps to ensure standards for competency, continuing education and ethics apply to all paid tax return preparers.
The return preparer initiative has made tremendous strides over the past three years, and key components of this effort are in place to help the nation's taxpayers. The IRS appreciates David's strong leadership and hard work to help launch this important effort. In her new role, Carol brings a strong set of skills and experience to lead the Return Preparer Office and keep the program moving forward in the years ahead.
I want to thank David for his strong leadership and dedication to the IRS. David played a critical role launching the return preparer initiative and interacting with the tax community. Previously, as Director of Electronic Tax Administration and Refundable Credits, he reformed the IRS' approach to administering the EITC and helped significantly increase the e-file rate. Finally, David played a central role helping the IRS during the critical period after RRA '98, where he served as Chief of Communications & Liaison and senior adviser to Commissioner Rossotti from 1998-2003.
Carol holds more than 20 years of IRS experience, and her deep knowledge of tax administration and the tax community will help her work with the return preparer industry.
Starting in 1991, Carol spent eight years as a senior docket attorney in Chief Counsel before moving up to become Counsel to the National Taxpayer Advocate. In 2003, Carol became Division Counsel for Wage and Investment, where she played key roles on major initiatives including the filing season and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In May 2010, she became Deputy Chief of Staff in the Commissioner's office.
Carol has a law degree from the College of William and Mary, undergraduate degrees from the University of Virginia and also served as Deputy Associate Chief Counsel for the Department of Labor's Benefits Review Board before joining the IRS.
Please join me in wishing David well as he continues his public service and congratulating Carol on this important new assignment.