IRS filing system has glitch as taxpayers race to meet deadline

THE IRS FILING SYSTEM was experiencing technical malfunctions on the final day for Americans to file taxes. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER
THE IRS FILING SYSTEM was experiencing technical malfunctions on the final day to file their taxes for most Americans. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

NEW YORK – The U.S. Internal Revenue Service’s online filing system was experiencing malfunctions on Tuesday – the day tax returns are due for most taxpayers.

“Currently, certain IRS systems are experiencing technical difficulties,” the IRS said in a statement. “Taxpayers should continue filing their tax returns as they normally would.”

Every year the IRS processes more than 120 million tax returns that arrive by mid-April and spits back some $300 billion in refunds. Tax Day is on April 17 this year, since April 15 was a Sunday and April 16 was a holiday in Washington.

House lawmakers are scheduled to vote this week on a package of bipartisan bill to retool the agency – including modernizing its information technology systems. The package wouldn’t require appropriators to provide additional money to the agency.

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Lynnley Browning is a reporter for Bloomberg News.