In a memo to IRS employees, IRS commissioner Danny Werfel said that the agency is postponing the furlough day that was scheduled for August 30. IRS offices will now be open on this date.
Werfel cautioned, however, that it is possible a furlough day will be needed in September, but the IRS will re-evalutate the situation next month to make that determination.
The IRS was able to cancel its last furlough day as well (July 22) thanks to cost cutting efforts.
Werfel’s memo is included below.
Today, I want to give you an important update as we continue to address our budget situation. With your help, we have made substantial progress in cutting costs. I greatly appreciate everyone’s help in this critical effort. Our progress is such that we have decided to postpone the furlough day scheduled for Aug. 30. We still have more work to do on the budget and cost-savings, so we will reevaluate in early September and make a final determination as to whether we will need another furlough day in September. I encourage everyone to remain focused on the important work you are doing to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars so we can maintain the progress we have seen and avoid the lost productivity that occurs with any furlough day.
In the meantime, please note that all IRS offices will now be open on Aug. 30. We wanted to let you know as soon as possible so you have enough advance notice to make or adjust plans leading up to the Labor Day weekend. We know many employees may have conflicts that day, so liberal leave will be available.
I will continue to keep you informed as the budget situation continues to develop. Thank you for your patience and continued support.