IRS extending tax deadline by 1 day after system outage

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FILE – In this photo March 22, 2013 file photo, the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington. The IRS website to make payments went down on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The IRS did not have an immediate explanation for the failure. But it said on its website that its online payment […]

The Internal Revenue Service is extending the tax deadline by one day after a system outage Tuesday. 

The IRS says taxpayers that were not able to file taxes electronically due to “system issues” early Tuesday will now have until midnight on Wednesday to file or make a payment. Individuals and businesses looking to take advantage of this extension will not need to do anything to receive this extra time, according to the IRS. 

“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.”

Despite the extension, the IRS is encouraging taxpayers to continue to file their taxes as normal Tuesday evening – whether electronically or on paper.

For taxpayers that can’t meet this deadline can file for a six-month extension at

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