U.S. IRS sets some closure days due to budget cuts

WASHINGTON, April 19 Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:20pm EDT

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WASHINGTON, April 19 (Reuters) - The U.S. Internal Revenue Service will close its taxpayer assistance centers and taxpayer telephone services on May 24, June 14, July 5, July 22 and August 30 due to federal budget cuts, the tax-collecting agency said on Friday.

IRS Acting Commissioner Steven Miller said he and 90,000 other staffers must take at least five days without pay in the coming months as part of the across-the-board "sequester" budget cuts. Two more furlough days may be needed in August or September, he said.

The sequester went into force after President Barack Obama and Congress failed to agree to a deficit-cutting plan by March 1, requiring government agencies to cut spending by $85 billion.

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sleeperdvr wrote:
Why doesn’t the IRS just direct its employees to take 5 days off through the remaing days of the year, in a balanced manner, so that no day would have loss of services? I bet that more of it’s employees call off sick through the remaining part of the year than what woud be observed for sequester cuts. Does the IRS shut down services for sick calls?

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sleeperdvr wrote:
Why doesn’t the IRS just direct its employees to take 5 days off through the remaing days of the year, in a balanced manner, so that no day would have loss of services? I bet that more of it’s employees call off sick through the remaining part of the year than what woud be observed for sequester cuts. Does the IRS shut down services for sick calls?

Apr 21, 2013 7:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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