Michigan follows IRS' lead on tax-filing extension

Anna Jefferson
April 19, 2018

A page on the IRS website that allows taxpayers to make a payment directly is not working for many as of Tuesday afternoon.

Mark Everson, the vice chairman of tax advisory firm AlliantGroup LP, who served as IRS commissioner from 2003 to 2007, said that the system failure shows Congress has to work with the IRS to ensure the agency has appropriate funding. Filers who used paper were not affected.

According to reports, Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter told a congressional hearing this morning that he was aware that certain systems were "unavailable", but that the service was working on the problem.

The mission is to help low-income people file their taxes no matter how complicated their situation. The IRS had a similar problem two years ago. The IRS said that at this point, the problem appears to be a hardware issue. So what will it cost to replace the IRS' antiquated computer system? "But in general, electronic tracking is much easier for enforcement instead of having multiple copies of returns".

Each year, millions of Americans are required to file tax returns by mid-April for money they earned the prior year.

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If you are filing Tuesday, all taxes and extension requests must be filled out by 4 p.m. and that deadline is in effect both for the main window or the drop box in the alley behind the facility.

"So taxpayers would be unaffected at the moment", Kautter said, adding that the IRS was using backup systems to bring the services back online.

"Taxpayers should go ahead and continue to prepare and file their taxes as normal with TurboTax", the spokesperson said.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 was the due date but the IRS struggled with numerous technical issues, as the service taxpayers use to file online was partly down for several hours. It does say filers could still send their tax information electronically through their software providers and Free File.

Editor's Note: This article was updated with a statement from the IRS and tax filing deadline extension.

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

Not to be outdone, the Indiana Department of Revenue is giving Hoosier taxpayers one more day to file and pay.

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.

Unfortunately, that is easier said than done if you "normally" file through the IRS website.

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