Taxpayers get 1-day extension due to IRS glitch


The IRS is giving all taxpayers an extra day to file after its website went down on deadline day.

The agency announced that individuals and businesses with a filing or payment that was due Tuesday now have until midnight Wednesday.

It said no additional paperwork is needed to get the extension.

The agency’s website for making payments and gaining access to other key services crashed amid the filing flood. The website appeared to be back to normal late Tuesday.

Tax day falls on April 17 this year because April 15 was a Sunday and April 16 was Emancipation Day, a holiday in Washington, D.C.

IRS Acting Commissioner David Kautter testified during a House Oversight Hearing Tuesday that a number of systems were down at the moment and that the agency was working to resolve the issue.

The IRS typically recommends that taxpayers use electronic filing to avoid common mistakes. Online filing is quicker than dropping something in the mail — when the site works, of course. Plus, electronic filers typically get any refund faster.

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