The U.S. Senate confirmed Mark W. Everson on May 1, 2003, as Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. Everson is the 46th commissioner since the agency was created in 1862. President George W. Bush appointed him to a five-year term.
The IRS commissioner presides over the nation’s tax administration agency. The agency has approximately 100,000 employees and a budget of $10 billion. In 2002, the agency collected $2 trillion in tax revenue, processed 226 million tax returns, and issued $283 billion in refunds.
From August 1, 2002, until his confirmation, Everson served as deputy director for management for the Office of Management and Budget. Before becoming deputy director for management, he served as controller of the office of Federal Financial Management, also a part of OMB.
Everson also served in the Reagan administration from 1982 until 1988, holding several positions at the U.S. Information Agency and Department of Justice, where he was deputy commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.