(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)FILE - This May 8, 2008, file photo shows blank checks on an idle press at the Philadelphia Regional Financial Center, which disburses payments on behalf of federal agencies in Philadelphia. Officials at the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service said Friday, March 12, 2021 that processing the new round of stimulus payments has already begun, with the aim of having the first payments start showing up in bank accounts this weekend. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

SSA ‘aggressively worked’ to give IRS data to process 30M stimulus payments

The Social Security Administration sent the IRS data on 30 million Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients Thursday, which will allow the Treasury…

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How IRS line employees and managers are dealing with a second filing season under pandemic

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Feds are still struggling to balance work and childcare. But there’s a program that could help.

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(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2019, file photo, doors at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building are locked and covered with blinds as a sign posted advises that the office will be closed during the partial government shutdown in Seattle. Videos and reports claiming that you'll have to pay back the relief checks the federal government is sending to millions of Americans are false, federal agencies confirmed to The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

IRS managers, NTEU waiting on answers as agency looks at reopening more services

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(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2019, file photo, doors at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building are locked and covered with blinds as a sign posted advises that the office will be closed during the partial government shutdown in Seattle. Videos and reports claiming that you'll have to pay back the relief checks the federal government is sending to millions of Americans are false, federal agencies confirmed to The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

COVID-19 hits your tax refund

Each year, tax professionals urge people who are due refunds to file early and electronically. Now there’s a new reason to do just that.

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(AP Photo/John Minchillo)A medical worker wearing a single protective glove and a face mask walks past a line of workers and visitors waiting to be tested for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the main entrance to the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Monday, March 23, 2020, in New York.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Federal employees on frontlines of coronavirus response could get premium pay bumps

In today’s Federal Newscast, the Office of Personnel Management says agencies can lift the usual limits on premium pay and set higher annual premium pay…

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Getty Images/iStockphoto/marcnormanIRS telework coronavirus

Empowered with new flexibilities, IRS managers hesitant to act on telework guidance

IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig instructed eligible employees to telework and gave customer service workers more freedom than they’ve ever had before. But the commissioner’s guidance has prompted confusion among risk-adverse IRS managers, who aren’t accustomed to making their own decisions.

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