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Office of Chief Counsel At-a-Glance



Serve America's taxpayers fairly and with integrity by providing correct and impartial interpretation of the internal revenue laws and the highest quality legal advice and representation for the Internal Revenue Service.


Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 622-3300
Fax: (202) 622-4277


Clarissa Potter, Acting Chief Counsel
H. Stephen Kesselman, Deputy Chief Counsel (Operations)
Clarissa C. Potter, Deputy Chief Counsel (Technical)


The Chief Counsel is appointed by the President of the United States with the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate. As the chief legal advisor to the IRS Commissioner on all matters pertaining to the interpretation, administration and enforcement of the Internal Revenue Laws (as well as all other legal matters) the Chief Counsel provides legal guidance and interpretive advice to the IRS, Treasury and to taxpayers.


Page Last Reviewed or Updated: January 30, 2009