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The system returned to service late Tuesday afternoon, and the filing deadline will now extend through Wednesday at midnight, the IRS said in a tweet. TAX DAY TIPS: How to file an extension and moreH&R Block said it's handling its clients' returns differently.

"The IRS appreciates everyone's patience during this period", Kautter said. "The extra time will help taxpayers affected by this situation".

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin acknowledged the online snafu during a media event in New Hampshire and said that people wouldn't be penalized, the Associated Press reported.

While there is no official estimate yet of how many people of how many people are affected by Tuesday's outage, a year ago the IRS received about 50 million returns on the last day of the 2016 tax filing season. On Tax Day a year ago - April 18, 2017 - the state received about 68,000 2016 tax returns; the day before the due date, about 54,000. "The IRS needs to get a hold of you, we are going to do it by sending you a letter", said Watson.

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Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter said it was bad timing.

Tom Nemet, an accountant in Hamden, Connecticut, said that his software had shown the IRS system was down when he tried to send in client returns earlier Tuesday.

The IRS in a statement said that taxpayers, despite the system outage, were still able to file their tax returns electronically using software providers and the IRS Free File service.

The IRS deadline this year was Tuesday April 17, because April 15th fell on a Sunday, and Monday was a holiday in Washington, D.C.

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Taxpayers were hit with a cyber wall when they tried to make a direct payment on the IRS' website.

Trump's top economic adviser Larry Kudlow offered a deadpan reaction when asked about the failure.

Failure to file. The penalty for not filing a return or an extension is 5 percent of unpaid taxes each month, not to exceed 25 percent.

A reduction in funding has caused problems for the agency beyond the most recent technological challenges.

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Earlier on Tuesday, an error message displayed on the agency's website said the agency's "Direct Pay" service was down due to a "planned outage" which was scheduled to last from April 17, 2018 to December 31, 9999. "It sounds awful. It sounds really bad".