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IRS electronic filing system breaks down hours before tax deadline

IRS electronic filing system breaks down hours before tax deadline

The Internal Revenue Service is experiencing computer trouble on Tax Day, leaving Americans unable to view their tax record or make tax payments as the clock ticks down toward a midnight deadline.

Currently, the IRS is targeted by 2.5 million cyberattacks a day, with one million of these characterized as "sophisticated", Kautter said. Automatic six-month extensions are available to taxpayers who need additional time to file can visit https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/extension-of-time-to-file-your-tax-return.

USPS reminds filers, "The IRS considers a tax return filed on time if it is correctly addressed, has enough postage, and is postmarked by the due date".

The agency said Tuesday evening that its systems were back online, and that taxpayers would now have until midnight on Wednesday, April 18, to file and pay their taxes.

Meanwhile, CNN noted some Twitter users were posting weird messages they received on the IRS site, which said the direct pay page was down because of "planned maintenance" until 6:40 p.m. ET on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016.

At June of last calendar year, Mr. Trump additionally registered to get an extension of his own 20-16 taxes.

This combo of images shows messages that were displayed on the Direct Pay section of the IRS website on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

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"The president filed an extension for his 2017 tax return, as do many Americans with complex returns", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

If you haven't filed your taxes yet, you don't have much time left.

April 15 fell on Sunday this year and Monday was Emancipation Day, a holiday in Washington D.C. That gave taxpayers nationwide until today to get the job done. We are working to resolve the issue.

If that's not bad enough, the IRS will also charge you interest on those late taxes. "Oh, government, you fool", one user tweeted.

All of presidential tax yields are automatically audited, which makes it more unlikely that Mr. Trump will willingly release his yields while sitting in office.

Use IRS2Go. IRS2Go is a free app that you can use to make a payment with Direct Pay and by debit or credit card. Contrary to what many believe, requesting an extension does not raise a red flag with the IRS. More than 9 in 10 taxpayers file their returns electronically, according to IRS figures.