It’s tax day — and the IRS is experiencing technical difficulties.
The service that taxpayers use to file online is partly down, according to Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter.
“On my way over here this morning, I was told that a number of IRS systems are unavailable at the moment,” Kautter said at a Congressional hearing Tuesday morning. “We are working to resolve this issue and taxpayers should continue to file their returns as they normally would.”
In a statement, the IRS confirmed that the problems are ongoing.
Tuesday is the last day for taxpayers to file their tax returns, unless they’ve filed for an automatic six-month extension. But an extension to file is not an extension to pay. Filers must pay any additional money they owe to Uncle Sam for 2017 today.
Lawmakers are calling on the IRS to avoid penalizing those affected by the glitches.
“Tax Day is already a stressful time for millions of Americans, even when everything goes right,” Richard Neal, the ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, said in a statement. “Given this news, I hope that the IRS will make accommodations so that every taxpayer attempting to file today has a fair shot to do so without penalty.”
— CNN’s Gregory Wallace contributed reporting
CNNMoney (New York) First published April 17, 2018: 12:29 PM ET