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Both said they would hold on to customer tax returns and file after the IRS system reopened. The Commander-In-Chief has reportedly filed for an extension for his 2017 tax return, the White House announced on April. 17.

The IRS granted a one-day extension after the agency's website that accepts payments and gives access to other services.

The state treasurer's office said Wednesday that taxpayers now have until midnight to file their taxes.

The penalty for filing late is normally five percent of the unpaid taxes for each month or part of a month that the tax return is late.

The glitches come at a time of budget crunches at the IRS, and serious concerns about the service's ability to maintain its systems (see "The IRS really needs a new computer system for taxes").

The outage affected the IRS' Direct Pay system, which the agency uses to collect payment from taxpayers who owe money on their income taxes. Congress did just approve $320 million to help the agency cope with the sweeping tax law changes recently enacted, but critics say the agency will need more. "But in general, electronic tracking is much easier for enforcement instead of having multiple copies of returns".

Experts say this new tactic involved cyber crooks targeting tax professionals by sending them phishing emails with links and attachments, containing malware.

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Investigators said the aircraft caught on fire when it went down, making it hard to identify the type of plane. The FAA said the Experimental Challenger II aircraft took off from a private airstrip around 8:00 p.m.


Meanwhile the site is back up to speed - and last-minute filers can use these last few hours to get square with Uncle Sam.

According to the Washington Post report, IRS Acting Commissioner David J. Kautter has stated, "If we can't solve it today we'll figure out a solution".

"While we don't yet know what has caused this systems failure, the lack of ... funding for the IRS to serve taxpayers will only compound the issue", said Sen. "I don't think tax preparers even flinched".

Tuesday's outage caught at least one White House official off guard.

"The weekend wasn't really too bad", Jarrett said.

The IRS advised taxpayers to continue to file their taxes as normal Tuesday evening - whether electronically or on paper. "Hope it gets fixed".


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