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IRS now asking thousands of employees to voluntarily return to work

Posted at 11:00 AM, Apr 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-26 14:00:08-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is asking thousands of employees to voluntarily return to work.

The IRS said it needs more workers on-site to perform what it calls essential functions, including opening mail and processing paper returns.

Officials said it's all to help get taxpayers their refunds faster during the pandemic. The IRS said it will follow social distancing guidelines and require masks. It will also get personal protective gear for workers.

The agency is also offering incentive pay for returning workers.