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The Internal Revenue Service will be open for business on July 22.

Next Monday was to be the fourth agency-wide furlough day.

Sorry-openBut this afternoon, IRS workers got an email from tax chief Daniel Werfel telling them, "The IRS will be open for taxpayers that day as scheduled, and all employees will be paid for that day."

There was no mention of the possible loss of bonus pay, an option floated last week by Werfel as a way to meet sequester costs instead of making employees take unpaid leave days.

Rather, said Werfel, the decision to conduct IRS business as usual on July 22 "follows a lot of hard work across the Service to cut costs."

All IRS workers nationwide already have taken three furlough days: May 24, June 14 and July 5.

One more furlough day, Aug. 30, is scheduled. The IRS is considering whether that shutdown will be necessary.

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