The budget sequester in Washington, D.C., could prompt furloughs of up to a week for Internal Revenue Service employees starting this summer if Congress is unable to reach a deal to avert the automatic spending cuts that are scheduled to begin on Friday.

IRS employees have been informed of potential furloughs of potential furloughs of five to seven days, according to the National Treasury Employees Union. The union plans to bargain with the IRS to find enough cost savings that would spare IRS employees from the prospect of unpaid workdays.

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