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IRS directing most employees to work remotely

IRS directing most employees to work remotely
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The IRS is directing nearly all employees to evacuate their offices and work remotely starting today to reduce employees' risk of exposure to the coronavirus.

The agency sent an email to IRS employees on Friday informing them that employees, including those who were not teleworking but whose work can be adapted to be performed off-site, have to work from home or another location. The email said that employees who need to work from their offices to conduct "mission-critical duties" would receive further guidance from their supervisors.

“By directing employees who can work from home (or an alternate location) to do so, we’re not only decreasing your potential exposure, but also reducing the risk of exposure for those employees who must remain on-site,” IRS officials said in the email, first reported on by Federal News Network.

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The IRS has previously taken other steps to protect its employees, including temporarily closing taxpayer assistance centers and discontinuing its face-to-face services with taxpayers. Earlier this month, IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig directed senior officials at the agency to start maximizing telework for those who are eligible, according to Federal News Network.

In an effort to help taxpayers, the IRS has extended the April 15 tax filing and payment deadlines to July 15.

Updated at 5:33 p.m.