You undoubtedly have a color-coded, quick-reference, multi-functional, laminated, location-specific payroll calendar posted in every strategic location in your Payroll/HR/Benefits/Accounting office, but you may need to make some additions to that! The Internal Revenue Service has announced furloughs and will be closed for five days this year due to sequester budget cuts.
All public-facing IRS operations will be closed on,
- May 24, 2013
- June 14, 201
- July 5, 2013
- July 22, 2013
- August 30, 2013
All 89,551 IRS employees from the Acting Commissioner down have been issued furlough notices. All operations directed at the public, including toll-free help and Taxpayer Assistance Centers, will be closed. There may be another two furlough days added in August and/or September as well.
On these dates, phone calls to the IRS will not be answered and Taxpayer Assistance Centers will be closed. Payroll Departments beware!