iStock_ Open XSmallWe originally posted on Friday, April 19, 2013, IRS Furlough Notices – Be Prepared which included a discussion that the IRS would be closed on July 22, 2013.

The Internal Revenue Service has canceled one of its five furlough days planned for this year under the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester.

Acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel told employees in a memo that the agency would no longer force employees to take unpaid leave on July 22.

So the IRS will be OPEN on Monday!

The IRS today reminded taxpayers that, due to the current budget situation including the sequester, the agency will be shut down on Friday, June 14.

As was the case on May 24, the first furlough day, all IRS operations will again be closed on June 14. This means that all IRS offices, including all toll-free hotlines, the Taxpayer Advocate Service and the agency’s nearly 400 taxpayer assistance centers nationwide, will be closed.

IRS employees will be furloughed without pay. No tax returns will be processed and no compliance-related activities will take place. In addition, the online preparer tax identification number PTIN system for tax professionals will also be shut down.

The IRS noted that taxpayers should continue to file their returns and pay any taxes due as usual. This includes the June 17 deadline for those making a second-quarter estimated tax payment. It also includes the June 17 filing deadline for taxpayers abroad and the June 30 deadline for filing foreign financial account reports FBAR Taxpayers needing to contact the IRS about these or other upcoming returns or payments should be sure to take this Friday’s closure into account. Read More

IRS To Furlough Employees On Five Days; Operations Will Shut Down Entirely

The IRS will be closed for business for five days falling between May 24 and August 30. As stated in an NTEU Press Release (4/19/13).

Late last week, the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) announced that the IRS is sending out furlough notices this week to the entire IRS workforce, identifying the five following furlough days where the agency will shut down entirely: May 24, June 14, July 5, July 22, and Aug. 30. The thirty-day notices to employees also leave open the possibility of another two unpaid furlough days.

On those furlough days, all public operations of the IRS will be shut down, leaving taxpayers without access to information and assistance from frontline workers. According to the president of the NTEU, on those days, phone calls to the IRS will go unanswered and Taxpayer Assistance Centers across the country will have closed’ signs in their windows. The furloughs are being driven by the ongoing sequestration that is forcing federal agencies, including the IRS, to severely slash their budgets.

NTEU is the largest independent federal union, representing 150,000 employees in 31 agencies and departments.