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IRS recalls mission-critical feds for tax season

The IRS is recalling "mission-critical" employees to job sites to process tax returns and conduct other key business that requires office presence, according to an April 24 email to employees that was released by the House Ways and Means Committee.

The recall includes about 10,000 employees at 10 sites, and their main functions will be opening mail, answering phones and other activities that take place during tax filing season, Tony Reardon, national president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said in a statement.

The agency asking employees to bring their own masks until it is able to procure personal protective equipment for all employees.

This did not sit well with Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.) and Rep. John Lewis, (D-Ga.) who chairs the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee.

"It is understandable that in carrying out its mission during a crisis, the agency would require some employees to report back to work during perilous times," the lawmakers said in a statement. "However, it is completely irresponsible and unethical for the IRS to demand those workers obtain their own protective equipment -- this is the responsibility of the federal government to its workers."

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