Tax deadline extended after IRS online payment site fails

Tax deadline extended after IRS online payment site fails

The IRS announced on Tuesday that it has extended the tax deadline by one day to April 18, 2018.

It provided no further details on the cause or severity of the problem Former IRS Commissioner John Koskinen warned a year ago of a possible system failure, due in part to underfunding of the agency.

The IRS is giving taxpayers an extra day to file their taxes after technical difficulties on its website yesterday.

The agency said its processing systems were now back online. But for most of the day, those seeking to make a payment online ahead of the midnight deadline were greeted with the message: "This service is now unavailable". "The IRS Direct Pay system is down on Tax Day".

If you haven't filed yet, the Internal Revenue Service can charge two types of fees; Failure to file and failure to pay.

Kudlow said he wasn't aware of the nature of the issue, but said: "The IRS'll straighten it out".

"Missing the tax deadline is not the end of the world, but it is very serious and gets more serious the longer you go without filing", said Mark Steber, Chief Tax Officer of Jackson Hewitt.

"We understand that the IRS is experiencing technical difficulties today with the transmission of direct tax return payments", Representative Richard Neal of MA, the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, said in a statement.




"Given this news, I hope that the IRS will make accommodations so that every taxpayer attempting to file today has a fair shot to do so without penalty", he said.

Consumers who used commercial tax preparation services were also affected by the outage.

State officials say that income tax returns for MI and Detroit income tax can be filed online or mailed. "We will hold returns until the IRS is ready to begin accepting them again".

Several Planet Princeton readers reported that they did have problems filing their state taxes online and kept getting error messages. Last year, about 90 percent of returns submitted by April 21 were e-filed, according to IRS data.

If you still need more time you can file an extension and you'll get six months extra time, making your new tax deadline October 15.

"While all of the IRS's service channels are important, taxpayer needs have been evolving, with more people conducting their business using digital tools at the time and place of their choosing", Kautter wrote in his prepared remarks. So what will it cost to replace the IRS' antiquated computer system? Those using paper to file and pay their taxes were unaffected by the system issues, the IRS said.

Apparently the problem was related to the "transmission" of tax returns from software providers like H&R Block and Turbo Tax.

As taxpayers have already gathered all their information for this year's filing, they already have a sense of their situation and can plan for the coming year, she said.

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