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IRS offers more details on furlough shutdown

The Internal Revenue Service released more information on how it will handle furloughs at the agency.

The Internal Revenue Service released more information on how it will handle furloughs at the agency.

Unlike agencies that are handling the mandatory unpaid leave days by short-staffing facilities, the IRS plans a complete shutdown of operations on May 24, June 14, July 5, July 22 and Aug. 30, and perhaps one or two additional days to be announced later.

"Due to the current budget situation, including the sequester, all IRS operations will be closed on those days," the IRS said in a May 15 statement. "This means that all IRS offices, including all toll-free hotlines, the Taxpayer Advocate Service and the agency’s nearly 400 taxpayer assistance centers nationwide, will be closed on those days. IRS employees will be furloughed without pay. No tax returns will be processed and no compliance-related activities will take place."

The agency noted that because none of the furlough days are federal holidays, various tax-filing and tax-paying deadlines will be unaffected. The IRS also said it "will be unable to accept or acknowledge receipt of electronically-filed returns on any day the agency is shut down."

The agency offered more details on its website related to the furloughs' effects on deadlines for providing other documents, such as summonses, records and other materials—and information on which web-based tools and phone-based automated services will function on furlough days, and which will not.

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