Saturday, 2:15 PM
By John M. Guilfoil, Globe Correspondent
The Internal Revenue Service will add approximately 200 new jobs to its Andover tax-processing facility in spite of its continued plans to lay off 1,400 employees at the facility.
In February, a letter from 15 US senators and representatives led by Niki Tsongas protested the IRS's long-term plans to partially close the Andover facility, saying it was "inappropriate" for the IRS to go forward with the layoffs in the current state of the economy.
The 200 new workers will be employed to track taxpayers who under-report their income to the government. A Tsongas staffer today praised the additional jobs, calling them “a good first step in terms of trying to preserve as many jobs as possible.”