IRS electronic filing system breaks down hours before midnight deadline

IRS electronic filing system breaks down hours before midnight deadline

"The President filed an extension for his 2017 tax return, as do many Americans with complex returns", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday, which is Tax Day.

The agency also said that taxpayers "should continue filing their tax returns as they normally would".

Lawmakers pressed the IRS to accommodate taxpayers who struggled to make payments or file returns due to the agency's malfunctioning systems.

"While we don't yet know what has caused this systems failure, the lack of Republican funding for the IRS to serve taxpayers will only compound the issue". "TurboTax has uninterrupted service and is available and accepting e-filed returns". It came on a day when President Trump and his top advisers were trumpeting the $1.5 trillion tax cut passed by Congress late previous year.

IRS Acting Commissioner David Kautter confirmed the problem to lawmakers during the IRS oversight hearing Tuesday.

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.

As of the time I'm writing this post, the I.R.S.'s Direct Pay page still says that the service is unavailable, although it does appear that other means of making an online payment through third-party sites are functioning.

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

An IRS website reported at midday Tuesday that the agency's Modernized eFile System was down.

The IRS typically recommends that taxpayers use electronic filing to avoid common mistakes. "It sounds awful. It sounds really bad".

The IRS said on its website that its online payment system became unavailable at 2:50 A.M. ET on Tuesday. "I hope it gets fixed".

"If we can't solve it today we'll figure out a solution", Kautter said. Kautter said he did not yet know how many people would be affected, but he said "it could be millions, potentially".

"This is game-day for the IRS, and it seems the IRS can't get out of the locker room", said Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.).