IRS Online Payment System Experiences Outage

IRS Online Payment System Experiences Outage

It's tax day - and the IRS is experiencing technical difficulties. "We are working to resolve this issue and taxpayers should continue to file their 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.

The full extent of the failure could not immediately be determined.

The "Payment Plan" page, where filers can arrange to pay their tax bill in installments, also appears to be offline. "This service is now unavailable". But the agency still expects Americans to pay their taxes on time.

David Kautter, the acting I.R.S. commissioner, said at a congressional hearing on Tuesday that "a number of I.R.S. systems were unavailable" and that the agency was working to fix the problem.

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.

Tuesday is the last day for taxpayers to file their tax returns.

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The IRS has not issued a statement about the outage but did tweet out that you can file for a six-month extension if your taxes aren't finished.

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

Taxpayers with complicated returns, or those who are just chronic procrastinators, must apply for a filing extension with the IRS by April 17 or face interest charges and penalties.

"The IRS is crashing", Kudlow reportedly stated. "I hope it gets fixed".

President Donald Trump is filing for an extension on his 2017 tax returns.

The IRS has faced steady budget cuts for almost a decade, with its staff size falling by about 18,000 employees from 2010 to 2017 and a recent report showing it can answer only about 60 percent of calls from tax filers.

The IRS said on its website that its online payment system became unavailable at 2:50 A.M. ET on Tuesday. Kautter said he did not yet know how many people would be affected, but he said "it could be millions, potentially".

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