WASHINGTON — Robert Henn, acting director of the Internal Revenue Service's tax-exempt bond office, will retire from the agency at the end of 2012.

Henn, a 40-year veteran of the IRS, said in a brief interview that he will retire on Dec. 29.

"It's time to go," he said.

Henn was tapped to become permanent role of field operations manager of the IRS' TEB office in February 2007 and assumed the post in April of that year.

Prior to that he was a senior manager in the IRS' employee plan office's Northeast examination program. EP, like the tax-exempt bond office, is part of the agency's Tax-Exempt and Governmental Entities division, or TE/GE.

A handful of agents have interviewed for Henn's permanent position. The IRS could announce the selection of a new field operations manager as early as next week, he and market participants said.

Four different agents have served as acting field operations manager since Henn became acting director of TEB.

Henn has been acting director of the TEB office for a little over one year. Cliff Gannett, the permanent TEB director, is currently serving as the acting director of government entities.

Gannett moved up to become the acting director of government entities because the director of government entities is acting as the deputy commissioner of TE/GE, Henn said.

Henn said he has been planning to retire at the end of the year for some time now.

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