Published: Thu, April 19, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump Requests Extension On Filing 2017 Tax Return

Trump Requests Extension On Filing 2017 Tax Return

Taxpayers using paper to file and pay their taxes at the deadline were not affected by the system issue.

The IRS online payment option to pay with a bank account went down Tuesday with hours to go before the Tax Day deadline.

Taxpayers don't need to do anything to get the extra day.

Uncle Sam delivered many procrastinators a tax-free extension to file those last-minute tax returns!

The problems just added to frustration for many Americans in their most personal interaction with the government.

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H&R Block senior tax analyst Crystal Hartman said 1 out of 3 tax returns are prepared in the last week of filing season.

Plus, the IRS uses a "Customer Early Warning System" which allows the agency to "track and flag problems customers are experiencing and resolve them quickly", according to a statement.

The mission is to help low-income people file their taxes no matter how complicated their situation.

Tax Day is on April 17 this year, since April 15 was a Sunday and April 16 was a holiday in Washington.

The IRS said the problems were likely hardware-related. But an extension to file is not an extension to pay.

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"On my way over here this morning, I was told a number of systems are down at the moment", said Kautter.

It's tax day, and if you haven't filed your taxes yet, you're not alone. By working with the IRS, taxpayers may reduce or eliminate their penalties. It's also the deadline for business owners and freelancers to pay their estimated taxes for the first quarter of 2018. The IRS' computers were unable to accept direct payments for most of the day. Thus, replacing this aging IT infrastructure is a high priority for the IRS, " wrote Jeffrey Tribiano, deputy commissioner for operations support, and Silvana Gina Garza, chief information officer, in prepared testimony.

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.

Good news if you didn't get around to filing your taxes on April 18 - the IRS is giving you an extra day to pay Uncle Sam.

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