IRS grants extension for all taxpayers after website glitch on deadline day

Massachusetts

Last minute taxpayers have one more day to file their taxes after the IRS website had troubles on deadline day.

Tuesday night was slated as the original filing deadline, but last-minute filers now have until midnight on Wednesday to get their returns in. 

Liberty Tax Service in West Springfield told 22News they will be opened until midnight Tuesday.

A website glitch Tuesday afternoon prevented people and businesses from being able to file their tax returns or make payments to the IRS. 

IRS Acting Commissioner David Kautter issued a statement Tuesday night, apologizing for the inconvenience on the busiest tax day of the year.

The glitch was fixed by 5 p.m., but Kautter said taxpayers will be given until midnight on Wednesday, April 18th to file.

If you file for an extension you’ll still have to pay any estimated taxes you owe. 

“If you do file an extension, that at least avoids the non-filing fee if you will, and you only have the non-payment fee, and that fee is only half of a percentage per month, or part of a month,” Ray Maagero of the Liberty Tax in West Springfield told 22News.

The non-filing fee is five percent per month, or part of a month, or up to 25 percent of your taxes. 

Taxpayers do not need to do anything in order to file by Wednesday at midnight without penalty, but if you need more time than that, you should file for a six-month extension by Tuesday at midnight.

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