June 28, 2000
Michael Shaheen Picked for
Senior IRS Post Focusing on
Professional Conduct, Tax Shelter Issues
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service announced Wednesday
that Michael E. Shaheen Jr., a long-time Justice Department official, has been
selected to be Senior Counselor to IRS Commissioner Charles O. Rossotti.
Shaheenís responsibilities will include oversight of the Office of Director
of Practice, which regulates the professional conduct of tax professionals
practicing before the IRS. A primary focus of Shaheenís work will be
strengthening and revising Circular 230, which contains the guidelines for
He will place a special emphasis on revising the professional
guidelines to more effectively address problems arising from practitioners who
improperly promote aggressive corporate tax shelters.
"Michael Shaheen is well-known for his distinguished legal work and
impeccable professional integrity," Rossotti said. "His presence shows the IRS
places a high priority on standards of professional conduct, especially on issues
involving corporate tax shelters."
Shaheen will report directly to Rossotti in his role as Senior Counselor to
the Commissioner for Tax Administration, Practice and Professional
Shaheen joins the IRS after spending a quarter century at the Justice
Department. He helped establish the Attorney Generalís Office of Professional
Responsibility, an office he led from December 1975 until December 1997. He
ran the Justice Department office -- responsible for conducting internal
investigations and overseeing matters involving professional conduct -- during
the terms of eight attorneys general.
During his career at the Justice Department, Shaheenís work included
serving as the Attorney Generalís Special Counsel for Intelligence in 1975 and
as a Senior Trial Attorney and Deputy Chief of the Voting and Public Programs
Section of the Civil Rights Division from 1973-75.
Prior to joining the Justice Department, Shaheen worked as a lawyer in
Memphis, Tenn., and Como, Miss., from 1968-1973. He also was elected as
Comoís mayor in 1969.
After leaving the Justice Department, Shaheen served several roles. In
1998, Shaheen was appointed Chief Counsel and Deputy Executive Director of
the Commission on the Advancement of Federal Law Enforcement. The
congressionally-mandated commission examined the roles of federal law-enforcement
Later in 1998, Shaheen served as Special Investigative Counsel and
Project Coordinator for an independent review of the IRSís Criminal Investigation
"His remarkable background demonstrates he is uniquely qualified for this
position," Rossotti said. "Michael Shaheen will give the IRS valuable insight and
advice as the agency reorganizes."
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