[Ed. – Tell it to the soldiers on the front line, bub. Emphasis added.]
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said furloughs — forced unpaid days off for employees as part of an IRS closure — is one idea reluctantly being tossed about to save money, though they are hoping they will not have to go there.
“There is no way we can say right now that that won’t happen,” Koskinen told reporters at a press conference on the upcoming tax season. “Again, I would stress that would be the last option.”
He said a one-day closure would save an estimated $29 million.
The news comes a day after Koskinen warned IRS employees that overtime would be suspended and a hiring freeze enacted. …
In the recent budget deal, Congress cut the IRS budget by $ 346 million to $10.9 billion, making it nearly a billion down from several years back. …
Koskinen said the IRS budget reductions are actually another $200 million more than what Congress cut because they had to give employee pay raises.