Michael J. Desmond

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Michael J. Desmond is the Chief Counsel of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Assistant General Counsel in the Department of the Treasury.[1][2][3] He was confirmed by the Senate on February 27, 2019[4][5] and was sworn in on March 8, 2019.


He has a BA degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a JD degree from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.[6]


Desmond was a solo practitioner in the area of tax controversy in Santa Barbara, California. He dissolved his professional corporation on August 10, 2018.[7] In the past he served as a tax advisor to the Trump Organization and, before becoming a sole practitioner, worked alongside two other longtime tax advisors to the Trump Organization.[5]

President Trump reportedly asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in early 2019 to ensure that Desmond was confirmed quickly. The request roughly coincided with a push by members of the new Democratic Party majority in Congress to request Trump's tax returns.[5]


  1. ^ https://www.irs.gov/about-irs/office-of-chief-counsel-at-a-glance
  2. ^ "PN89 — Michael J. Desmond — Department of the Treasury". www.congress.gov.
  3. ^ "PN1682 — Michael J. Desmond — Department of the Treasury". www.congress.gov. 26 July 2018.
  4. ^ https://www.noozhawk.com/article/santa_barbara_attorney_michael_desmong_confirmed_as_irs_chief_counsel
  5. ^ a b c Haberman, Maggie; Fandos, Nicholas (2019-04-04). "Trump Asked That Confirmation of I.R.S. Counsel Be a Priority". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  6. ^ "Experience And Education". www.whitehouse.gov. 2 March 2018.
  7. ^ "The Law Offices of Michael J. Desmond, APC was dissolved on August 10, 2018 and is no longer in business. Thank you". www.desmondtaxlaw.com.

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