IRS experiences technical difficulties on last day Americans can file taxes

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Reposted with permission from The Hill

The Internal Revenue Service’s electronic system that many Americans use to file their taxes online had a partial failure on Tuesday, the last day American can file their taxes.

The issue could make it harder for millions of Americans trying to file their taxes before the midnight deadline.

“On my way over here this morning, I was told a number of systems are unavailable at the moment,” IRS Acting Commissioner David Kautter told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday. “We are working to resolve the issue and taxpayers should continue to file their returns as they normally would.”

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A congressional official told The Washington Post that the IRS will attempt a “hard reboot” of its system that they hope will fix the issue.

Kautter noted that even though the deadline for Americans to file their taxes is Tuesday, they can still request a six-month extension on the IRS’s website.