IRS Sequesters Itself Into 4-Day Holiday Weekend

May 23, 2013 - 10:54 AM

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With the additional of a Friday furlough day, IRS employees will begin the summer season with a four-day weekend. (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - "Due to the current budget situation, all IRS offices will be closed on May 24, June 14, July 5, July 22 and August 30," says an announcement on the IRS Website.

Although IRS employees will not be paid for those furlough days, the dates chosen will give them three four-day weekends (over Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day) and two three-day weekends.

Four of the furlough days are Fridays (May 24, June 14, July 5, Aug. 30) and one, July 22, is a Monday.

All IRS offices, including those with toll-free hotlines, the Taxpayer Advocate Service and the agency's nearly 400 taxpayer assistance centers nationwide, will be closed on the five days mentioned above.  No tax returns will be processed and no compliance-related activities will take place, the IRS announcement said.

But -- "taxpayers should continue to file their returns and pay any taxes due as usual."

"Taxpayers needing to contact the IRS about their returns or payments should be sure to take these furlough dates into account," the IRS said.

And because none of the furlough days are considered federal holidays -- although they are followed by federal holidays -- the shutdown of IRS offices will have no impact on any tax-filing deadlines. The IRS said it will be unable to accept or acknowledge receipt of electronically-filed returns on any day the agency is shut down.

The IRS said it will give taxpayers extra time to comply with requests to provide documents to the IRS. This includes administrative summonses, requests for records in connection with a return examination, review or compliance check, or document requests related to a collection matter.

Where the last day for responding to an IRS request falls on a furlough day, the taxpayer will have until the next business day. If the last day to respond is Friday, May 24, for example, the taxpayer will have until Tuesday, May 28, to comply (because Monday, May 27 is Memorial Day).

The IRS said it may announce one or two additional furlough days later, if necessary.

Calls to the IRS to find out who in the chain of command decided on Friday furloughs were not returned by press time.