It's Tax Day, So of Course the IRS Payment Site is Down

It's Tax Day, So of Course the IRS Payment Site is Down

But the government still expects its money.

While little is known at this time, Kautter said the IRS is having trouble receiving tax returns from major tax filing services, like TurboTax and H&R Block. The headline said the service would be available again on December 31, 9999, but the message text the service would resume on September, 22, 2016.

The error message also said tax payments were still due despite the glitch.

Twitter was not happy about the development.

"On my way over here this morning, I was told a number of systems are unavailable at the moment", declared acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter.

TurboTax is still receiving returns and will hold them until the IRS is ready to accept them again, said Ashley McMahon, a company spokeswoman.

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The IRS posted an erroneous outage notice on its direct pay page indicating a planned outage from April 17, 2018 - December 31, 9999. It came on a day when President Trump and his top advisers were trumpeting the $1.5 trillion tax cut passed by Congress late a year ago.

While Direct Pay isn't the only way to make a payment, it's one of the few that doesn't cost extra.

An outage on the agency's website, which began on Tuesday morning and was unresolved by midday, crippled a crucial part of the tax collection agency's website that allows taxpayers to make their payments directly through their bank accounts instead of paying fees that come with using debit or credit cards.

"Tax Day is already a stressful time for millions of Americans, even when everything goes right", said Mr. Neal, the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee.

The Internal Revenue Service's online system for submitting tax returns experienced widespread failures on Tuesday, complicating filing for the millions of taxpayers attempting to meet the government's midnight deadline. It said that the payment service, IRS Direct Pay, was experiencing both an unplanned and planned outage.

The IRS has not issued a statement about the outage but did tweet out that you can file for a six-month extension if your taxes aren't finished.

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