IRS gives taxpayers one extra day to file and pay taxesTaxpayers take the midnight deadline seriously, knowing they will pay a penalty if money owed isn't paid on time. By late Tuesday, the IRS said its systems were back online, and taxpayers could proceed to file returns through the end of Wednesday. Taxpayers using paper to file and pay their taxes at the deadline were not affected by the system issue.
The Internal Revenue Service said individuals or businesses with filings or payments due Tuesday now have until midnight today to complete the task.
However, manual tax preparation is an enormous hassle unless you have a very simple filing status that allows you to use one of the short forms.
The Treasury Department will grant extra time to US taxpayers who have been unable to submit their returns electronically after a computer malfunction disrupted the IRS website. Democrats quickly blamed federal budget cuts to the IRS as part of the problem.
"If we can't solve it today, we'll figure out a solution", said Kautter.
Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter said it was bad timing.
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"On my way over here this morning, I was told that a number of IRS systems are unavailable at the moment".
The agency is estimating more than 5 million people will attempt to file their returns today.
It said no additional paperwork is needed to get the extension.
Taxpayers looking to pay their taxes or estimated taxes from their bank accounts using the IRS's Direct Pay function were greeted with this message: "Alert: This service is now unavailable".
The IRS did not have an immediate explanation for the failure.
"Taxpayers should go ahead and continue to prepare and file their taxes as normal with TurboTax", said spokeswoman Ashley McMahon. "This additional filing day is consistent with that goal". The credit card payment systems available through the IRS website appear to be functioning, however there is a fee associated with making those payments. Whether you have a tax preparer or file electronically yourself, the process can at times be daunting.
In a press release last week, the IRS touted its "new mobile friendly website" as a helpful tool for "people who need last-minute tax information".