91% Of The IRS Has Been Furloughed: Here Is Who Else Got The Government Shut Down Axe

Tyler Durden's picture

For all the drama surrounding today's political drama (which came and went largely unnoticed by a stock market hypnotized by the Federal Reserve), the bottom line is that the key impact of last night's historic government shutdown has been nothing more (or less) than the temporary unpaid leave of absence, i.e. furloughs (with all accrued, owed payments promptly being remitted once the government is unhalted) of some 815,932 civilian government workers, out of a total of 2 million, or a 41% furlough rate.

As the WSJ tabulates "some agencies, such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics, are seeing all but a handful of their employees go home without pay. Others, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security, kept the vast majority of their workers on the job. Certain divisions of government, such as the U.S. Postal Service and the Federal Reserve, don’t operate under the normal appropriations process and their staffing remained unaffected." Then again one wonders: with 91% of the IRS' total 94,516 workers stuck at home, downloading porn, is the government shutdown really such an evil outcome?

The table below shows the total number of furloughed workers by government agency, as well as the furlough percentage. For a sortable, interactive version of the table, visit the WSJ.

Of note: with 98% of the FCC's 1754 employees stuck at home, there has never been a better time to show a live Janet Jackson dance show, or swear like a sailor on live TV.

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NidStyles's picture

Funny, in 2008 Ron Paul ran on a 10% across the board reduction. None of this would be happening had that happened... I am amused.

Amagnonx's picture

Huh WTH?  Everything on that list could and should be entirely eliminated - except for Defense (which should be cut by 90%) and Treasury, which could then also be cut 90%.



whopper's picture

Fuck the Fed , Fuck'em all !  Rise up sheeple ! Do something damn it !

yogibear's picture

LOL, 95% of the EEOC was given time off. They could get rid of 100% and the US would be better off.

The EEOC is an anti-American organization. I have know people that filed with them. They loose paperwork so they don't have to do anything.

The EEOC promotes H1B visa hiring over Americans. 

They should should get rid of the EEOC. The EEOC is anti-American.


Fix It Again Timmy's picture


It is important that you appreciate that the Internal Revenue Code is so complex and convoluted that nobody can understand it. This means that whatever tax return you file can be "proved" by the IRS to constitute fraud and perjury.


"Well, it's a system so utterly complex and ultimately inexplicable that half the time the tax professionals themselves aren't sure what the rules are - a system that even Albert Einstein is said to have admitted he couldn't begin to fathom. You know, it's said that his hair didn't look that way until after he experienced his first tax form." - Ronald Reagan, 1985.

Every year since 1987 Money magazine has run a contest in which 50 tax preparers complete the federal income tax return for a hypothetical family. In 1988 there were ten correct returns, in 1989 two, in 1990 one, and in 1991 zero. For the 1991 tax year the "target tax" was $26,619 - the tax amount for a correct tax return. Not one of the professional tax preparers got it right. At the low extreme, one tax preparer calculated the tax due as $16,219. She spent 25 hours on the job and charged a fee of $750. At the high extreme, another professional tax preparer calculated the tax due as $46,564. It took him 40 hours and he charged $3,000.

The contestants presumably fancied themselves as expert tax preparers, and did their utmost to win first prize. They consisted mostly of professional CPAs and former IRS agents. If you take your papers and records to two "professional tax preparers," one might calculate your tax as $16,000, and the other as $46,000! Need I say any more?

Note that if you had hired any of these professionals to prepare your tax return, the result could have been prosecution for fraud and perjury. Not one of them got it right

Now, the Obamacare bill has in excess of 2,000 pages.  Can you imagine what a fucked up mess that will be? [Hint: re-read the preceding info]

yogibear's picture

THe IRS and Federal Reserve were created to take your money. Created for the redistribution of wealth.

geekgrrl's picture

This is a brilliant idea: actually verifying the uniformity (or lack thereof) of the procedure.

cbaba's picture

Certain divisions of government, such as the U.S. Postal Service and the Federal Reserve, don’t operate under the normal appropriations process and their staffing remained unaffected."

This is an deliberately implanted LIE.

FEDERAL RESERVE is a PRIVATE entity and its not a division of government.

Remember , say a lie thousand times, it becomes real.. people start to believe it..They are brainwashing the sheeple..


matrix2012's picture


so niceeee being the gubmint employees

ebworthen's picture

"Creampie Honey"

One of the best vids on Youporn.com if you are sitting at home with noting to do:


Reminds me of my Ex. Wife and I when we were 19 and full of vim and vigor and good feelings.

auric1234's picture

It's funny, of all the videos in that site you just named my favourite.

Do you know the actress name by any chance?


Common_Cents22's picture

9% remaining could run the IRS w/ a flat tax.    

mharry's picture

From my second favorite site, http://weaselzippers.us/2013/10/01/obamas-base-frets-will-i-get-my-food-... , of course their Twitter comments came from their iPhones.

I Write Code's picture

They're gobmint workers.

On a given day when they are paid, maybe 10% of them turn out any work at all anyway.

So if they keep just the 10% who actually do any work, the rest can stay home forever.

And who wins?  You and me.  America.

Thanks Boehner, finally.  Go home.  Play a little golf.  Work on that tan. 

SilverFish's picture

"with 91% of the IRS' total 94,516 workers stuck at home, downloading porn, is the government shutdown really such an evil outcome?"



I agree with the sentiment, but who really downloads porn anymore? Easier to just stream it.

Reader1's picture

Not the kiddie stuff they keep catching the senior bubbas with...

You needs connections to get dat shitzat!

auric1234's picture

Certain divisions of government, such as the U.S. Postal Service and the Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve is NOT a division of government.


WarPony's picture

Thank you~!  ... the other way around.

Pumpkin's picture

So, the government finally does something right.  And it is by accident.

Mitzibitzi's picture

Defence Nuclear Facilities Safety Board - 11 guys still in work, out of 111.

And cue more missing nukes in 5...4...

neptune-klm's picture

So can we stop paying taxes then?  If only!

josetoyou's picture

But, "pelosi"aid the cup board was bare, and there was not any place to make cuts...

Maybe she should open the cup board door more often, and start distributing pink slips!

Our government is bloated with "obama" voters, and a BIG house cleaning is in order.

NoTTD's picture

Yet, the Dude abides.