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The IRS Could Get Five Extra Long Weekends!

From a white-knuckled Washington Post:

IRS may close around holidays to fulfill sequester furloughs

By Josh Hicks | April 4, 2013

The Internal Revenue Service may [sic] pair sequester furloughs with federal holidays to create four-day weekends when it places employees on unpaid leave because of the government-wide spending cuts that kicked in last month, according to union officials [sic].

The Washington Post’s obsession with the sequester continues. But, of course, it is the hometown newspaper of the bureaucracy. Also notice how the unions seem to be the ones who are really calling the shots.

The National Treasury Employees Union, which represents IRS workers, told its chapter presidents that the agency is considering shutting down on May 24, July 5 and August 30 to coincide with the Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day weekends, respectively.

Gosh, that is rough. Imagine having to accept all of those extra days off. Days that you will eventually be paid for.

Sequestration requires the IRS to trim its spending by more than $590 million. The agency has said it plans to furlough employees this year for up to seven days after tax filing season has ended.

So we are now down to seven days, from last week’s 14 and from the originally threatened 22. (Later in this article the number will go down to 5.)

The IRS may close down entirely for two to four more days in addition to the holiday-time furloughs the agency is considering, according to the NTEU, which is working with the IRS to negotiate the terms of unpaid leave.

Which will eventually be paid. Still, how could the country survive with the IRSE closed for two days? How will we get out Obama-Care?

The IRS declined to confirm whether it was considering shutting down around holidays as a way to fulfill its furloughs.

“At this point, the IRS is still looking at between five and seven days for employee furloughs,” the agency said in a statement on Wednesday…

So now we are down to five days.

The IRS would not be alone in imposing furloughs around holidays if the agency chooses to go that route. The Environmental Protection Agency informed employees in a memo this week that it would impose mandatory unpaid leave for furloughed workers on May 24, giving them four days off for Memorial Day weekend…

The EPA, which expects to furlough employees for up to 13 days this year, said it may force some employees to take unpaid leave around the Independence Day and Labor Day weekends as well…

Oh, the humanity!

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 5th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “The IRS Could Get Five Extra Long Weekends!”

  1. GetBackJack says:


    Suckers. Taxes are for little people. And that’s YOU

  2. canary says:

    They will be compensated with tickets for repossessed cars and furniture.

  3. Candyman says:

    The sequester cuts were from the increase in the budgets of all these gov. agencies. They still have a bigger budget this year then they did last year (just not as big as they wanted). They should not have to furlough anyone. This is all trumped up scare tactics so that the gov. can point to all of the disruption and pain caused by the sequester, and ask for full increases next year no matter what the economy looks like at the time.

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