The Internal Revenue Service is not the most technologically sophisticated government agency in the United States. As evidence, review your online payment system, called Direct Pay, which is still out of service by the tax filing deadline for the entire country, as noted by Engadget. The Direct Pay system went down early this morning as part of a widespread failure of the IRS electronic filing system, probably due to a technical problem possibly related to the large influx of people trying to file returns. The IRS says it is "working to solve the problem."
That said, the agency expects about 5 million people to file their taxes on April 17, the deadline for individual tax returns will be submitted to the federal government. You can still send online using a credit or debit card, but that implies a transaction fee. The good news: David J. Kautter, the IRS acting commissioner, said at a supervisory hearing today that the agency will not punish citizens whose returns are late due to technical failure. As part of the overall system failure, the owner of TurboTax, Intuit, is telling customers to register returns with TurboTax as they normally would, with the company planning to keep them together with payments when the entire system is back in service. online.