Thursday, August 1, 2019
IR-2019-137, July 31, 2019
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced the selection of Tamera Ripperda to lead the Tax Exempt and Government Entities (TE/GE) division.
“Tammy brings a strong background in leadership and tax issues that will help us as we continue our work improving our taxpayer services but also taking important steps on enforcement initiatives inside the IRS,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. In TE/GE, Ripperda will take over as commissioner for Sunita Lough, who will become the IRS Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement on Sept. 1. TE/GE oversees issues including exempt organizations, employee plans and government entities.
“Tammy brings a variety of skills and expertise to the diverse set of programs overseen by TE/GE,” Rettig said. “She has a strong record of successfully handling critical programs and working closely with people inside and outside the IRS.” Tammy became SB/SE Deputy Commissioner in 2016. During this period, she spent 14 months as a director in the Tax Reform Implementation Office (TRIO) where she helped oversee the implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017. Prior to her 2016, Tammy was the Director of TE/GE Exempt Organizations (EO), where she oversaw tax administration and policy for 1.6 million exempt organizations. Before becoming the EO Director in 2014, Tammy served as the Industry Director, Global High Wealth in the Large Business and International (LB&I) Division, where she was responsible for overseeing the examination activities related to high wealth individuals with global holdings and interests. Tammy also held executive positions in various SB/SE operations, including Director of Abusive Transactions and Technical Issues.
“TE/GE plays a critical role serving key areas for the nation, ranging from tax-exempt groups and retirement plans to Indian tribal governments and tax-exempt bonds,” Ripperda said. “I look forward to working with our TE/GE employees and partner groups to continue finding ways to serve these important communities.”
Tammy began her IRS career in 1988 as a Revenue Agent in St. Louis. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from Southern Illinois University.
Darryll K. Jones