IRS Payment System Breaks Down On The Day Taxes Are Due

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IRS Payment System Breaks Down On The Day Taxes Are Due

"The IRS Direct Pay system is down on Tax Day".

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

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 website failure was not immediately known. The headline said the service would be available again on December 31, 9999, but the message text the service would resume on September, 22, 2016.

"Tax Day is already a stressful time for millions of Americans, even when everything goes right", Richard Neal, the ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, said in a statement.

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The IRS Direct Pay page allows filers to wire money from their checking or savings accounts to pay their tax bill at no cost. "Taxpayers would not be penalized because of a technical problem the IRS is having".

The IRS discovered the problem early Tuesday morning, Kautter said, and it plans to attempt a "hard reboot" of its system in an effort to address the failures.

It appears, based on a message on the site, that the online payment system became unavailable at 2:50 A.M. ET.

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

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

"The IRS is crashing?" he said, repeating a reporter's question. "Sounds awful. Really bad", he said during a briefing with reporters in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Kudlow said he wasn't aware of the nature of the issue, but said: "The IRS'll straighten it out".

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. "Hope it gets fixed". Online filing is quicker than dropping something in the mail - when the site works, of course.

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