Shutterstock photo ID: photo ID: 245503636 By Mark Van Scyoc Sign outside the Internal Revenue Service building in downtown Washington, DC on December 26, 2014.

IRS orders nearly all employees to 'evacuate' work sites

In response to the growing concern over the COVID-19 pandemic, the Internal Revenue Service has updated its telework guidance to extend it to nearly all employees.

As of Monday, March 30th the IRS added employees who are not currently working remotely to do so, only excluding those who have direct permission from a supervisor to perform work from an IRS pod.

IRS Human Capital Officer Robin Bailey, Jr. and Deputy Human Capital Officer Kevin McIver in a statement posted to the agency website, said that onsite employees need “to evacuate the work site and work from home (or an alternate location).”

“By directing employees who can work from home (or an alternate location) to do so, we're not only decreasing your potential exposure, but also reducing the risk of exposure for those employees who must remain on site,” the pair continued.

They added that those who do not have the equipment to work from home will receive direction from their supervisor.

Access to buildings will be restricted to only retrieving work-related items and to those who perform duties that can “only” be performed on site.

A frequently asked questions section, titled, "New Teleworkers" and the full directive is available here.

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