IRS, state extend deadline to file taxes

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Both said that they would hold on to customer tax returns and file after IRS system reopened.

It's unclear how many people were impacted Tuesday but, by comparison, about five million tax returns were filed on the final day of last year's tax season. Automatic six-month extensions are available to taxpayers who need additional time to file can visit https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/extension-of-time-to-file-your-tax-return.

Scores of Americans scrambling to pay their taxes prior to Tuesday's deadline were confronted with the ominous message that the Internal Revenue Service's payment site was down. Filers who used paper were not affected.

As taxpayers have already gathered all their information for this year's filing, they already have a sense of their situation and can plan for the coming year, she said.

The IRS has not determined the source of the problem, but the problem was resolved by early evening. "We apologize for any inconvenience", the agency wrote in a notice at the top of its online payment page.

"We know for certain the IRS' lack of funding is compounding these kinds of problems", said Sen.

In testimony last October, two senior IRS officials warned the agency's systems were at high-risk.

The problem is, electronic filing is the most popular way to file.

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State officials say that income tax returns for MI and Detroit income tax can be filed online or mailed.

But wait, there's good news: Last-minute filers will get an extra day to file their returns, the IRS announced.

For hours, online tax filers trying to use the IRS.gov website early Tuesday to view an outstanding balance, make a direct payment or set up a payment plan encountered the following message: "This service is now unavailable". But past year, about 5 million tax returns were filed on the final day of the traditional tax season.

The IRS said in a statement that taxpayers would be given an additional day to file their returns.

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

Turbo Tax and H&R Block released statements Tuesday, saying they were still receiving and holding returns until the IRS was ready to receive.

Among those who did not have to worry about filing late was President Donald Trump, who requested a six-month extension to file his returns due to their complexity, according to the White House.

Last year, almost 5 million Americans filed their returns on the last day.

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