A review of the Internal Revenue Service’s response to the flooding of its national headquarters in the summer of 2007 has found that the displacement of the office’s 2,200 employees had no measurable impact on taxpayers and tax administration.The report, from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, attributed that result to the nature of the work performed at the site, as well as the contingency plans the IRS had in place -- but did note ways to cut down on more than $4 million of salary costs associated with the natural disaster.
Torrential rains closed the building beginning in June, after an estimated 5.5 million gallons of water flooded the building’s basement and sub-basement, causing extensive damage to electrical equipment and air handlers. In mid-July, the agency announced that the office -- which housed hundreds of tax attorneys, law enforcement agents and administrative staff -- wouldn’t reopen until early 2007.
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