IRS Tax Filing System Crashes Hours Before Tax Deadline

The Internal Revenue Service’s “e-file” system which facilitates Americans’ ability to file their taxes online, was said to be experiencing “technical difficulties,” hours before the midnight deadline for tax filings to be submitted.

According to a statement released by the IRS, “Currently, certain IRS systems are experiencing technical difficulties. Taxpayers should continue filing their tax returns as they normally would.”

The full extent of the malfunction’s impact is currently unclear. In a Tuesday hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, IRS acting Commissioner David J. Kautter said, “On my way over here this morning, I was told a number of systems are down at the moment,” but said the agency was “working to resolve the issue.”

While the extent of the problem is unclear, the cause seems to involve the e-file system failing to appropriately process returns submitted through consumer tax filing software such as TurboTax and TaxAct. According to the Washington Post, the IRS plans a “hard reboot” in hopes of solving the issue.

Fedscoop notes Kautter “expressed hope that the situation will be rectified with enough time for last-minute filers to get their taxes in but said that the agency is ready to come up with a work-around if not.”

“If we can’t solve it today, we’ll figure out a solution,” said Kautter. “Taxpayers would not be penalized because of a technical problem the IRS is having.”

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