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

The fear of a painful shutdown is kicking in

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

It appears that the IRS has supplanted federal worker paychecks as the first true pain point in the Trump administration's partial government shutdown — IRS refunds will now be paid during the shutdown, a reversal from previous statements, the White House's Office of Management and Budget told reporters today.

Behind the scenes: Until recently, Trump had been saying privately that he doesn’t think the American people care about shutdowns and that a shutdown wouldn't hurt him politically, a source familiar with the situation told Axios.

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