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Randolph Thrower, defiant IRS chief under Nixon, dies at 100

Randolph Thrower in 1970, during his time leading IRS.
Randolph Thrower in 1970, during his time leading IRS.Bob Burchette/Washington Post

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Randolph Thrower, who served two years as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service under President Nixon before clashing with the administration over appointments and efforts to punish political enemies, died March 8 at his home in Atlanta. He was 100.

A daughter, Patricia Barmeyer, confirmed the death but did not specify a cause.

Mr. Thrower had been a tax lawyer and Republican official in Atlanta before being tapped to head the IRS in 1969. In his two years on the job, he introduced a number of reforms, including a simplified, one-page version of Form 1040, the standard individual income-tax form.

He also was instrumental in drafting the Tax Reform Act of 1969, which reduced taxes for people with lower incomes and raised taxes on capital gains. In 1970, he overturned an IRS ruling that had allowed segregated private schools in the South to claim tax exemptions.

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