IRS Employee Emergency News


This page will be updated with information and instructions for IRS employees in the event of a major emergency that has widespread geographic or business impact.

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

If you're involved in an emergency that may require you to evacuate your area, closely monitor your local news for evacuation plans or other instructions that may be announced.

If local officials announce an evacuation, please contact your manager to report your status. If your manager is not available, contact the ERC at 866-743-5748 as soon as it is safe and practical to do so.

As a reminder, the Employee Assistance Program is available for all IRS employees and their immediate family members at any time, day or night, by calling 800-977-7631 (TDD: 800-697-0353). This no-cost counseling service could help address stress and other issues you and your family may face.

Helpful resources

COVID-19 Information

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.

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.

Updated guidance on wearing masks in IRS facilities

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced updated interim public health recommendations for fully vaccinated people. Based on these revised recommendations, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has directed agencies that fully vaccinated federal employees, fully vaccinated onsite contractors and fully vaccinated visitors to federal buildings no longer need to wear a mask. Pending further guidance, the following guidance applies to employees, contractors and visitors when in IRS facilities:

  • Current telework and workplace occupancy limits remain in place.
  • Fully vaccinated employees, contractors and visitors (at least 2 weeks past your final dose) are no longer required to wear a mask while in an IRS facility.
  • Those not fully vaccinated (at least 2 weeks past your final dose) should continue to wear a mask while in an IRS facility.