Uncategorized

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) – Americans are getting an extra day to file their taxes after key elements of the IRS website crashed on deadline day.

The IRS said that individuals or businesses with a filing or payment due Tuesday now have until midnight Wednesday to complete the task.

Earlier Tuesday, Americans who had waited until the final day to file online got an unwelcome surprise: The agency’s website for making payments and gaining access to other key services was down due to what Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin later described as a “high-volume technical issue.”

The website was back online late Tuesday.

“This is the busiest tax day of the year, and the IRS apologizes for the inconvenience this system issue caused for taxpayers,” Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter said in a statement. “The IRS appreciates everyone’s patience during this period. The extra time will help taxpayers affected by this situation.”

No additional paperwork is needed to get the one-day extension, the IRS said.

The IRS snafu also caused problems for popular third-party tax preparers such as Turbo Tax and H&R Block. Both said that they would hold on to customer tax returns and file after IRS system reopened.

The agency did not say how many people were affected by the outage. But last year, about 5 million tax returns were filed on the final day of the traditional tax season. Electronic filing is the most popular way to file in the US.

The IRS said that at this point, the problem appears to be a hardware issue. It provided no further details on the cause or severity of the problem.

Tax day fell on April 17 this year because April 15 was a Sunday and April 16 was Emancipation Day, a holiday in Washington, D.C.

Former IRS Commissioner John Koskinen warned last year of a possible system failure, due in part to underfunding of the agency. Among the areas that he said were underfunded were the agency’s aging information systems.

Frustrated taxpayers and baffled observers took to social media to complain. Political leaders weighed in publicly as well.

Democrats quickly blamed federal budget cuts to the IRS as part of the problem, and pushed to protect taxpayers from penalties.

“We know for certain the IRS’s lack of funding is compounding these kinds of problems,” said Sen. Ron Wyden Wyden of Oregon, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee. “We don’t want taxpayers and middle-class folks and small businesses penalized. They didn’t do anything wrong.”

Republicans have targeted the agency for budget cuts since taking control of the House in 2011, relenting a bit this year to help the IRS implement last year’s overhaul of the tax code.

The IRS typically recommends that taxpayers use electronic filing to avoid common mistakes. Online filing is quicker than dropping something in the mail — when the site works, of course.

___

Associated Press writer Holly Ramer in Concord, New Hampshire, contributed to this report.

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Madison Elementary Invites You To “Be Our Guest” To Beauty And The Beast

by Mower April 17, 2018 Front Page News

MADISON, NH – The Madison Elementary School wants you to be their guest tonight. The 4th annual “Be Our Guest” dinner is a free night of entertainment where the students from 4,5,6th grade participate in preparing and serving the meal. The dinner begins at 6 pm in the Madison Elementary School’s Noyes Gymnasium. Dinner is […]

Read the full article →

Man Injured After Crashing Car Into Albany Woods

by Mower April 12, 2018 Front Page News

ALBANY, NH – An elderly man was hurt in an Albany car accident that left the vehicle over a hundred feet into the woods. According to the Carroll County Sheriffs Office at around 7:20 this morning they were called by a passing motorist who spotted a car in the woods off of Route 16 in […]

Read the full article →

15th Annual Mount Washington Valley Chili Cook Off Results

by Mower April 10, 2018 Front Page News

Home Chefs Division Peoples Choice Best Chili and Best Display Winners Eastern Propane and Oil ~ Photo courtesy of Paula Jones MWVCC   NORTH CONWAY, NH – Hundreds of chili-tasters roamed North Conway Village while celebrating the 15th Annual Mt Washington Valley Chili Cook-off and 2nd Annual Feelin’ Good 5K run/walk.  While the temps started […]

Read the full article →

Chocorua Native Arrested For Allegedly Sexually Assaulting A Student In Pennsylvania

by Mower March 27, 2018 Front Page News

  TOWANDA, PENNSYLVANIA – A Chocorua native was arrested in Pennsylvania for allegedly having inappropriate contact with a student. According to The Daily Review 25-year-old Whitney Roberts was charged with two counts of felony institutional sexual assault and one misdemeanor count of corruption of minors. Authorities allege that Roberts had sex with a teen boy […]

Read the full article →

Man Arrested For Allegedly Pushing Truck Down Route 16 In Front-End Loader

by Mower March 2, 2018 Front Page News

55-year-old Edward Evans of Wolfeboro was arrested for allegedly pushed a vehicle down Route 16 last Thursday (February 22nd) with a front-end loader. ~ Photo courtesy of Ossipee Police OSSIPEE, NH – Ossipee Police arrested a man who was seen in a video pushing a car down route 16 with his front-end loader. On their […]

Read the full article →

Mass. Woman Injured In Berlin Snowmobile Accident

by Mower February 27, 2018 Front Page News

  BERLIN, NH – A Massachusetts woman suffered serious injuries after she crashed her rental snowmobile on Corridor 19 in Berlin Friday. According to New Hampshire Fish and Game Officials at around 10:00 AM 49-year-old Rhonda Ward of Rowley went off the side of the trail and crashed into a tree. Rescue personnel responded from […]

Read the full article →