Today, Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller announced in an internal memo that the agency would begin issuing furlough notices to employees next week due to the budget sequestration cuts. The first day of the furlough will be May 24 and everyone will be covered. Additional furlough days were also announced with all “public-facing operations” closing on those dates, including toll-free operations and taxpayer-assistance centers.
The memo states, “As the effects of federal government budget cuts due to sequestration become a reality, we want to keep the dialogue open regarding next steps. Next week, we plan to issue official furlough notices. . . . For your planning purposes, the first furlough days will be May 24, June 14, July 5, July 22 and August 30, with another two days possible in August or September. All public-facing operations will be closed on these dates, including our toll-free operations and Taxpayer Assistance Centers. Some mission-essential IT and security personnel, who maintain systems and building safety, may need to work on these furlough days, however they will be taking furlough days on alternative dates within those pay periods. Everyone is covered by this furlough, and that means everyone from the Acting Commissioner and executives to managers and employees.” The memo continues, “There are a number of factors that came into play on our closing date decisions. First, we know what a big financial impact losing a day of pay can mean. We wanted to make sure there is only one furlough day a pay period, and we have also worked to stagger the dates further so that there are some pay periods during the summer with no furlough days. We hope this approach helps with your financial planning.”