The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that it is providing taxpayers an additional day to file and pay their taxes after portions of its website malfunctioned on the April 17 tax deadline.
Taxpayers were reportedly unable to view account information, make a direct payment online or set up a payment plan for much of the day.
According to the IRS, taxpayers were still able to file their tax returns electronically. They could do this through their software providers and Free File. In addition, taxpayers using paper to file and pay their taxes at the deadline were not affected.
IRS Extended Tax Deadline for Fairness
The IRS ultimately opted to extend the tax deadline and released the following statement:
“This is the busiest Tax Day of the year, and the IRS apologizes for the inconvenience this system issue caused for taxpayers,” said Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter. “The IRS appreciates everyone’s patience during this period. The extra time will help taxpayers affected by this situation.”
Individuals and businesses with a filing or payment due date of April 17 will now have until midnight on Wednesday, April 18.
According to the IRS, taxpayers do not need to do anything to receive this extra time. They can simply take advantage of the extra time as they see fit. This time extension will do wonders for many people’s tax season.
As for Maryland state taxes, Comptroller Peter Franchot has also extended the deadline through midnight on April 18.
“Maryland taxpayers who were affected by the IRS’ website outage yesterday can rest assured that you have another day to file your taxes, as they needed federal tax return information to file their Maryland tax return in our system,” said Franchot. “Taxpayers can continue to use our iFile system without disruption.” So, whether you’re filing for your business or for yourself, take your time and pay your taxes right!