Last Minute Scramble To File On Tax Day

Andrew Gombert—Epa  REX  Shutterstock

Andrew Gombert—Epa REX Shutterstock

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.

Currently, the IRS is targeted by 2.5 million cyberattacks a day, with one million of these characterized as "sophisticated", Kautter said.

Taxpayers have until midnight to file their federal, state and local income taxes or a 6-month extension.

In a press release last week, the IRS touted its "new mobile friendly website" as a helpful tool for "people who need last-minute tax information". At the time, an H&R Block spokesperson said, "We are encouraging taxpayers to continue to use our retail services or our do-it-yourself products as they normally would".

If you pay the IRS your estimated tax on the phone or online, the taxman will automatically process an extension for you to file.

As of the time I'm writing this post, the I.R.S.'s Direct Pay page still says that the service is unavailable, although it does appear that other means of making an online payment through third-party sites are functioning.

"As the tax deadline nears and the demand for IRS tax help by phone is higher, the IRS encourages taxpayers to make IRS.gov their first stop when questions arise", the agency wrote. Congress just approved $320 million for the IRS to implement the tax law that passed previous year.

For those who are owed a refund, however, there is no penalty for filing late. "It was just a technical issue we're working through".

If you weren't expecting a refund, you should return it directly to the government.

The less than satisfying part is that the CBO also found that the new tax law reduced, but didn't eliminate the tax advantage of foreign tax havens.

If you really can't get your tax return done, seek an extension. File for an extension by submitting Form 4868, which allows you to file as late as October 15.

Use IRS2Go. IRS2Go is a free app that you can use to make a payment with Direct Pay and by debit or credit card.

'So many people are seeing the benefits of the Tax Cut Bill.

The extension filing comes as Mr. Trump and Republicans have claimed that, thanks to the GOP-led tax overhaul, Americans next year will have an incredibly simple filing system.

Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter concurred.

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