IRS Employee Emergency News


The health and safety of IRS employees and taxpayers is of the utmost importance. As the COVID-19 national emergency develops, this page will be updated with information and instructions for IRS employees if they are unable to access the agency intranet.

​The IRS is following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Office of Personnel Management. Employees are encouraged to visit these sites to get updated information. Also please check city/county public health departments for latest local information on COVID-19.

Office closures

As in any emergency situation, for information on local office closures, IRS employees should call the 24/7 Emergency Hotline at 866-743-5748, select option 3 and then follow the prompts. For TTY access (Federal Relay Service), call 800-877-8339.

COVID-19 Screening Tool

To help protect taxpayers and employees, the COVID-19 Screening Tool is available for people to self-screen for symptoms relative to the novel Coronavirus. This tool is for optional use by IRS employees, taxpayers, tax professionals and others prior to entering an IRS facility. The IRS is committed to protecting against further spread of COVID-19, and we encourage people to use this self-screening tool prior to visiting IRS facilities.

Reporting COVID-19 instances

If you are the manager of an employee with a confirmed or suspected infectious or communicable disease, please report it through the Situational Awareness Management Center (SAMC) by telephone: 866-216-4809 or email: If you are an affected employee and wish to report a confirmed or suspected infectious disease, please contact your manager, do not report it through SAMC.

General Information

Helpful resources and employee support