Thursday, May 23, 2013

Agencies Closed on Friday, May 24th

As a result of sequestration requirements, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Housing and Urban Development, Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Office of Management and Budget will all be closed tomorrow, May 24, 2013, for the first of several mandatory furlough days. 

Because of Monday’s Memorial Day holiday, this will mean a four-day weekend for the approximately 115,000 employees being furloughed tomorrow. While it may be nice to have the extra day off, it will be a day without pay. 

The shutdown of the IRS will most likely result in extra delays in refunds since this is just the first of several days off. The other scheduled furlough days include June 14, July 5, July 22 and August 30. All of those days fall either on a Friday or a Monday, and July 5 coincides with the Independence Day holiday resulting in a second four-day weekend. 

This forced day off is certainly not welcome for the IRS given their current involvement in the scandal over extreme scrutiny of applications for conservative non-profit political groups. The shutdown will increase delays for the agency and most likely garner even greater criticism at a time when they certainly don’t need additional negative press.

If you need to contact any of these agencies be sure to get your calls in today or be prepared to wait until Tuesday for assistance. Most offices, hotlines and assistance centers will be unavailable until Tuesday, May 28, 2013.

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