IRS gives taxpayers an additional day to file taxes after technical difficulties

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The New York Times reported that the Direct Pay system directed taxpayers to return on December 31, 9999, to try the service again. "A high volume technical issue that impacted the system", Mnuchin told reporters in New Hampshire, where he touted the GOP tax plan with Ivanka Trump.

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.

The IRS encountered system issues Tuesday morning. "All indications point to this being a hardware-related issue, not other factors".

The IRS has asked that efilers continue to proceed with their efiling, even if returns aren't being accepted in short order.

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Failure to pay. The IRS can also assess a failure-to-pay penalty if at least 90 percent of the expected taxes due are not paid. However, attempting to use the Direct Pay portal today presents users with an error message stating that the "service is now unavailable". So did the system that taxpayers can use to make direct payments from their bank accounts to the IRS.

"If we can't solve it today we'll figure out a solution", he told the panel. Both said that they will hold onto customer tax returns and file them as soon as the IRS system reopens.

H&R Block, which offers tax software and also has storefront tax-prep operations, said in a statement that it was open and continuing to process tax returns for clients. Then, once the submit is restored and starts accepting electronic submissions, submit the return as usual.

The news release does not specify the severity of the system outage, although it says processing systems are back online.

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"Taxpayers do not need to do anything to receive this extra time", said the agency in a statement posted to the web. The IRS says extension returns need to be filed by October 15.

Nationwide, about 5 million people were expected to file their taxes on Tuesday.

Tuesday's chaos prompted the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee to call for a bipartisan congressional bill to address IRS technology. The package wouldn't require appropriators to provide additional money to the agency. "We just can't do it", he said, referring to tax service providers trying to submit tax filing information to the IRS.

"A problem on tax day is every commissioner's worst nightmare", Everson said.

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