IRS provides extra day to file because of computer glitches

UPDATE: Treasury secretary says online tax filers to get extension

The agency announced that individuals and businesses with a filing or payment that was due Tuesday now have until midnight Wednesday.

The Treasury Secretary said the system could not handle the high volume.

The deadline for federal and state taxes had been Tuesday. You weren't alone and the Internal Revenue Service is allowing an extra day for taxpayers to file as a result.

The website has been down most of the day and wasn't operational as of 4:30 p.m. EDT.

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The IRS did not give an immediate explanation for the failure but said in a statement that "certain IRS systems are experiencing technical difficulties". They were actively advancing to determine this issue and taxpayers should protract to file their returns as ordinarily they would.

Visitors to the IRS payment site saw one of two messages: One that says the website is unavailable.

The IRS snafu also caused problems for popular third-party tax preparers such as Turbo Tax and H&R Block. A company spokeswoman said that Taxpayers should go on preparing and filing their taxes with TurboTax earlier today, TurboTax is now consenting those returns to the IRS and is presently handling newly filed returns as normal.

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