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IRS to bring back 46,000 employees to work without pay

IRS employees protest the government shutdown. Photo: Natalie Behring/Getty Images

The Internal Revenue Service is calling back around 60% of its furloughed workforce — amounting to 46,000 employees — to work on tax refunds without pay, AP reports.

Why it matters: The White House announced last week that the IRS will send out federal income tax returns, with a very real possibility that the government shutdown will continue past Jan. 28 — the official start of tax filing season.

Go deeper: All the ways Americans are feeling the effects of the shutdown