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IRS postpones Aug. 30 furlough day

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The IRS has called off a furlough day planned for Aug. 30, and will make a final decision next month on whether any more unpaid time off is needed by the end of the fiscal year, acting Commissioner Danny Werfel told employees this week.

“We have made substantial progress in cutting costs. . . 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 re-evaluate in early September and make a final determination as to whether we will need another furlough day in September,” Werfel said in a Wednesday message, excerpts of which are posted on the agency’s web site.

Because of sequester-related budget cuts, the IRS had originally planned for five furlough days in fiscal 2013. IRS staff have taken three so far, on May 24, June 14 and July 5. Because of cost-cutting in other areas, the agency canceled a fourth furlough day scheduled for July 22nd.

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