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John Koskinen: IRS Won’t Implement Employee Furloughs in 2014

John KoskienenThe Internal Revenue Service has dismissed plans for employee furloughs in 2014 as the agency is set to receive $11.3 billion in funding, the same appropriations level it got last year, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Jack Moore writes more than $500 million was cut from the IRS’ fiscal 2013 funding due to sequestration and Congress voted to allocate the same budget level for the agency this year.

John Koskinen, IRS commissioner, told a conference that the agency will operate at last year’s level and plan to do away with employee furloughs as a result of the flat funding, according to the report.

IRSbuildingKoskinen added the ongoing budget reductions will also force the IRS to cancel modernization plans for taxpayer services and compliance efforts, the station reports.

“Given our very limited budget resources, our phone lines are going to be extremely busy and, unfortunately, there will be, frequently, extensive wait times — much longer than we would like,” Koskinen told the conference.

The IRS chief recommended that taxpayers check their refund status or obtain prior-year tax returns through online services, Moore reports.

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