IRS brings back 10,000 workers

    Washington, DC (ABC) - Faced with coronavirus response efforts piled on top of the already busy tax season, the Internal Revenue Service recalled some of the workers they sent home during the pandemic.

    Nearly 10,000 IRS employees returned to work today as the nation's tax-collection service faces a backlog of work, including processing stimulus payments and tax refunds.

    In a statement over the weekend, the IRS said it would not "require" any employee uncomfortable with the in-person work to return, but described the effort as "essential."

    Some House Democrats were critical of the agency because the IRS admitted it might not be able to provide employees with protective equipment.

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