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Sequester: IRS to shut down for five days

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The IRS will shut down entirely for five days this year in order to try to meet its slimmed-down budget under the sequesters, a labor union that represents Treasury Department employees said on Friday.

The IRS will close its doors on May 24, June 14, July 5, July 22 and Aug. 30, and employees are being told there could be two other days as well.

“On those days all public operations of the IRS will be shut down, leaving taxpayers without access to information and assistance from frontline workers,” the National Treasury Employees Union said.

The sequesters, which took effect March 1, are forcing agencies to cut spending. In cases where agencies’ budgets are chiefly made up of personnel, they are turning to furloughs to make the cuts.

“Like all federal employees, those at the IRS are well into the third year of a pay freeze,” said NTEU President Colleen M. Kelley, “and now they face the unwelcome prospect of a pay cut resulting from unpaid furlough days.”

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