IRS Glitch: Taxpayers Get Extra Day to File Return

IRS Online Payment System Experiences Outage

IRS Online Payment System Experiences Outage

The due date was Tuesday at midnight, but now the deadline to file 2017 taxes is midnight Wednesday.

According to a USA Today report, last-minute filers get even more time to procrastinate after the influx of e-filing overwhelmed the IRS system and crashed the website, causing it to go down for much of the day on Tuesday.

The IRS encountered system issues Tuesday morning. "The IRS appreciates everyone's patience during this period".

Thankfully, taxpayers can use other methods of payment, such as paying by credit card, by mail, by bank withdrawal, or through a third party, like tax filing software. "Since this was resolved in a day, it should not impact the schedule for taxpayers to get their refunds", Gasperini said in an email.

Kautter told reporters following a congressional hearing that the outage affected the "ability of the IRS systems to accept what's being transmitted to the system", meaning private tax preparers trying to submit tax returns to the agency.

Throughout the outage, taxpayers were still able to file their tax returns electronically through their software providers, but the IRS website was down.

Tax Agent : "Usually the final week, the last day, the last two or three days, we see between 30 and 40 people on average". If the federal extension is granted, the taxpayer must file their federal tax return by October 15, 2018, and their IN tax return by November 14, 2018.

"What it means is that particularly small businesses and middle-class folks - they can't file electronically, they can't benefit from direct payment", Sen.

The IRS said midday Tuesday that it was experiencing "technical difficulties", which it described as "hardware-related". It provided no further details on the cause or severity of the problem.

The IRS deadline this year was Tuesday April 17, because April 15th fell on a Sunday, and Monday was a holiday in Washington, D.C.

Former IRS Commissioner John Koskinen warned previous year of a possible system failure, due in part to underfunding of the agency.

"Unfortunately, it's another example where they're not capable of dealing with the volume", said Sen Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who has called for reforms at the IRS partly because of the agency's technological shortcomings. Political leaders weighed in publicly as well.

"Taxpayers would not be penalized because of a technical problem the IRS is having", Kautter told Bloomberg.

"We apologize for any inconvenience", the website said. Ron Wyden of OR, the top Democrat on the Finance Committee, said Tuesday afternoon.

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