Helen Elizabeth Garrett withdrew as President Obama's nominee for the post of Treasury assistant secretary for tax policy over the weekend, leaving tax experts to complain that the delay in filling the slot will hamper the administration's efforts to make changes in the federal tax code.

"It's a bad thing, it's not good news," said Eric Toder, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute. "She was very well respected. Without a strong person in that position it really adversely affects the making of tax policy."

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