Trump requests extension to file 2017 tax returns

IRS Online Payment System Experiences Outage

The state has also pushed back its filing deadline by 24 hours. As such, it's no surprise the IRS payments system fails on the one day it's most needed.

People and businesses will now have until midnight on Wednesday to file and pay taxes. "The IRS appreciates everyone's patience during this period".

Those who are still late to file their taxes might have a chance to do so thanks to an outage affecting the online payment service, Direct Pay, which prevents tax filers from pulling from their bank accounts.

The IRS said that the problem was most likely related to a hardware issue and was not the result of a cyberattack.

While there is no official estimate yet of how many people of how many people are affected by Tuesday's outage, a year ago the IRS received about 50 million returns on the last day of the 2016 tax filing season.

Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) asked Kautter to explain how the online glitch could've happened on the IRS' busiest day of the year.

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The acting IRS commissioner blamed the problem on the "transmission" of tax returns from software providers like H&R Block and Turbo Tax. Instead, he will reportedly file by October 15, which is the deadline set by the IRS for taxpayers who ask for extensions.

The IRS initially urged taxpayers to try to complete their filings ahead of the deadline, despite the malfunction, prompting some confusion about how to go about doing so.

The IRS is supposed to have sophisticated computer systems that can process millions of last-minute filers. The IRS-perhaps the least popular agency of the federal government-has been the target of budget cuts for years and staffing has dropped by about 18,000. "For those that prepared and filed their taxes with TurboTax earlier today, TurboTax is now submitting those returns to the IRS and is currently processing newly filed returns as normal".

The IRS typically recommends that taxpayers use electronic filing to avoid common mistakes.

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.

While many adults are scurrying around in an attempt to file their taxes before the deadline, it seems that President Trump found a way around the system.

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