IRS to Furlough Employees on Five Days; Operations Will Shut Down Entirely
The IRS will be closed for business on five days falling between May 24 and August 30. NTEU Press Release (4/19/13).
Late last week, the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) announced that the IRS is sending out furlough notices this week to the entire IRS workforce, identifying the five following furlough days where the agency will shut down entirely: May 24, June 14, July 5, July 22, and Aug. 30. The 30-day notices to employees also leave open the possibility of another two unpaid furlough days.
On those furlough days, all public operations of the IRS will be shut down, leaving taxpayers without access to information and assistance from frontline workers. According to the president of the NTEU, on those days, phone calls to the IRS will go unanswered and Taxpayer Assistance Centers across the country will have closed’ signs in their windows. The furloughs are being driven by the ongoing sequestration that is forcing federal agencies, including the IRS, to severely slash their budgets.
NTEU is the largest independent federal union, representing 150,000 employees in 31 agencies and departments.