Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

IRS electronic filing system breaks down hours before tax deadline

IRS electronic filing system breaks down hours before tax deadline

As the filing deadline on Tax Day approached, the Internal Revenue Service page that allows users to pay taxes directly from their bank accounts crashed.

"Taxpayers should continue filing their tax returns as they normally would", said Bruce Friedland, an I.R.S. spokesman.

Last-minute filers got a rude surprise on tax day: The IRS website to make payments and access other key services is down. The IRS encourages taxpayers to file by the deadline even if they can't afford the full balance to minimize penalties.

Those seeking to make a payment were greeted with the message: "This service is now unavailable". It came on a day when President Trump and his top advisers were trumpeting the $1.5 trillion tax cut passed by Congress late a year ago.

The IRS also has payment plans available for those who can not afford to pay their taxes in full at the deadline, but you will be subject to interest payments and fees.

If you do want to courageous the lines, you can download form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.

The IRS is working to fix the problem, but hasn't said when the page will be back online or if it will be restored before the 12 a.m. filling deadline.

Trump's top economic adviser Larry Kudlow offered a deadpan reaction when asked about the failure.

In his testimony before Congress Tuesday, Kautter said the IRS had prioritized the core filing system in its technology spending.

"The IRS is crashing?" "I hope it gets fixed". Taxpayers can use the services to complete their filings, but the filings are not being transmitted from the companies to the IRS, Kautter said. Kautter said he did not yet know how many people would be affected, but he said "it could be millions, potentially".

"If we can't solve it today we'll figure out a solution", Kautter said.

The House is scheduled to vote this week on a bipartisan bill making major changes to the agency, including by beefing up free tax advisory programs for the poor and by giving taxpayers several new rights and protections.

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