If the tax day fails you, remember that the laughter is free.

Burden on taxpayers who, due to an IRS computer problem, Failed to submit messages received some encouraging news. Tuesday: An extension is on the way.

Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin gave this assurance as the notification deadline for the federal tax evening of midnight approached

. We'll make sure that taxpayers have extensions as soon as the system comes up to make sure they can use it, and it does not affect taxpayers, "Mnuchin told reporters in New Hampshire, the Associated Press technically reported issue we work through. "

Starting at 5:05 pm ET the IRS website seemed to be working again after losing a large part of Tuesday.

The mistake involved the taxpayers direct pay system, which allows people to pay their taxes directly from their bank account.

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Earlier in the day, those who wanted to pay with this method were greeted with an error message: "This service is temporarily unavailable. We are working to resolve the problem Come back later and try again, or visit the "Make payment" page for alternative payment methods. We apologize for any inconvenience. "

The IRS website also noted that" your tax payment is due although IRS Direct Pay may not be available ", those who wish to file a file will have to pay through the department's other methods, including debit or credit cards and related fees.

The tax authority issued a statement recognizing the problem. "Certain IRS systems are currently experiencing technical difficulties, and taxpayers should continue to file their tax returns as they normally would."

Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter faced the unenviable situation of being a taxpayer and congressionalist (19659008) "On my way this morning here, I was told that a number of IRS systems are currently unavailable," Kautter said before Tuesday's House Subcommittee on Healthcare, Benefits and Administrative Rules his opening speech. "We are working to solve this problem."

Needless to say, the internet was not pleased.

The IRS has had computer problems in the past, including especially a cyber hacking incident of 2015, which may be. – Use thieves to impose themselves as real taxpayers Refund

In the hacking case, the unidentified electronic attackers entered by using the tax information they acquired elsewhere and to correctly answer personal identity verification questions in the application " Get Transcript "used on the agency's website.

At least seven federal audits and other reports on the IRS and computers from 2007 to 2014 outlined dangers ranging from errors in database controls to the setting up of an ex-contract without backgro and review and not looking for other workers for millions taxpayers had access to personal data.

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