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IRS Shuts Kansas City Campus After Worker Gets Covid-19 (1)

May 4, 2020, 10:14 PMUpdated: May 5, 2020, 2:05 AM

The IRS is temporarily re-closing its campus in Kansas City, Mo., after an employee reportedly tested positive for Covid-19—setting back the agency’s plans for tackling its mail backlog and resuming customer service operations at that center.

The facility will need to be shut down for a deep cleaning, a local chapter of the National Treasury Employees Union said Monday in a Facebook post. The union represents more than 150,000 federal employees in 33 departments and agencies, including the IRS.

  • The IRS anticipates reopening the campus once cleaning is completed, which may take up to seven days, IRS spokeswoman Jodie Reynolds said in an email.
  • The move comes after the IRS asked thousands of employees to return to their worksites beginning April 27 to perform tasks including opening mail, processing paper tax returns, and taking phone calls. Those who volunteered would be eligible for incentive pay, the agency has said.
  • The IRS previously closed all of its major facilities as governors imposed stay-at-home orders across the country, which are now beginning to lift.
(Updates with comment from IRS spokeswoman in first bullet.)

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