IRS extends tax deadline after filing system crashes on Tax Day

Glen Norman
April 20, 2018

The IRS is giving taxpayers until midnight on Wednesday to file their tax returns due to a series of technical issues that hit the IRS website on Tuesday.

If taxpayers are unable to complete their tax returns by the filing deadline, they may apply for a filing extension with DOR or the IRS.

"The IRS appreciates everyone's patience during this period", Kautter said.

Acting Commissioner David Kautter told the House Oversight Committee Tuesday morning that they are working to fix the issue and taxpayers should still file their taxes as "they normally would".

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin acknowledged the online snafu during a media event in New Hampshire and said that people wouldn't be penalized, the Associated Press reported. Congress did just approve $320 million to help the agency cope with the sweeping tax law changes recently enacted, but critics say the agency will need more.

"This is game day for the IRS, and it seems the IRS can't get out of the locker room", said Rep. Greg Gianforte, Montana Republican.

The news release does not specify the severity of the system outage, although it says processing systems are back online.

The IRS has not yet provided details, but has indicated that the failure is "hardware-related" and that it had done a hard reboot. Electronic filing is the most popular way to file in the US.

Earlier, the agency said several systems were hit with the computer glitch, including one that handles some returns filed electronically and another that accepts online tax payments using a bank account.

Tax day fell on April 17 this year because April 15 was a Sunday and April 16 was Emancipation Day, a holiday in Washington, D.C. To earn an extension, taxpayers must estimate their tax liability on Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. Larry Kudlow, President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, appeared not to know about the problems when asked about them shortly after noon on Tuesday. "Sounds awful. Really bad", he said during a briefing with reporters in West Palm Beach, Florida. "It is stressful. I can't get a lot of stuff done".

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