David Tucker, spokesman for the Washington IRS, tells Huckleberries that the decision to close the Coeur d'Alene IRS office was made well before sequestration took affect March 1. "It was a business decision to consolidate," Tucker told Huckleberries Online. "It had nothing to do with sequestration." A Coeur d'Alene Press reporter saw a note on the door of the local IRS office door that cited federal budget cuts under sequestration for the closure and consolidation with the Spokane IRS office. But Tucker said the decision was made because the lease for the office space runs out June 30 and to streamline IRS operations in the Inland Northwest. All five employees in the Coeur d'Alene office will be transferred to the Spokane office.