The Internal Revenue Service was blighted with a serious web site outage as taxpayers rushed to settle up with Uncle Sam on the final minute.
The net web page for the IRS’ “Direct Pay” choice got here crashing down Tuesday, leaving many irate taxpayers livid with the federal government web site.
The web page supplied conflicting messages on when service could be restored — warning in crimson daring letters that it could be down till Dec. 31, 9999.
Another line indicated it could be down till “Thursday September 22, 2016, as a result of deliberate upkeep.”
An earlier line — later scrubbed — signaled taxpayers would nonetheless must discover a option to pony up.
“Note that your tax fee is due though IRS Direct Pay is probably not accessible,” the web site reads.
Millions of Americans have till the top of Tuesday to settle any unpaid taxes for 2017, even when they get an extension to file their taxes. Companies and freelancers additionally must pay their taxes for the primary quarter of this 12 months.
But performing IRS chief David Kautter informed a congressional oversight panel folks gained’t be punished for the governmental glitch, however mentioned folks ought to nonetheless file if in any respect potential.
“If we are able to’t remedy it at the moment we’ll determine an answer,” he informed the panel. “Taxpayers wouldn’t be penalized due to a technical downside the IRS is having.”
The company hopes a “arduous reboot” will carry the web page again on-line, one nameless Capitol Hill official told the Washington Post.
“Direct Pay” is without doubt one of the few choices that doesn’t require an extra charge, CBS News notes.
“IRS Direct Pay is down and never performing on actually the one day of the 12 months that it should not be down. Nice work, authorities!” tweeted @Jaredacraft.
He was one in all many baffled that the location may crash on the company’s most vital day of the 12 months.
“lol the IRS direct pay web site is down. Can’t even make it simple for me to provide them my hard-earned cash. #TaxDay,” wrote @OldRoySwig.
Others accused the IRS of not being useful with various means to pay.
“Hey @IRSnews, why have not you had something to say concerning the IRS Direct Pay outage?” requested @clofwhoville. “Why have not you supplied any useful data to taxpayers to assist them perceive their alternate choices?”