IRS E-File Outage May Delay Tax Refunds, Computer System Working Fine Now
After giving very tough time to tax payers and other users, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is back online. The IRS was not working for much of the last two days and harried tax payers had no idea as to what to do.
Later the IRS told tax payers that it was facing hardware problems. The IRS in a statement called it a â€œhardware failureâ€. This means that tax filers who sent their forms in electronically would not be able to have those forms processed, which means that rebates are going to be a little delayed.
In the statement released by the agency it saidÂ that it was in the midst of â€œassessing the scope of the outageâ€ but also said that disruptions would not be significant. The IRS stated that â€œwe continue to expect that nine out of 10 taxpayers will continue to get their refunds within 21 days.â€
The agency said that it was in the process of sorting things out. Later in a press statement IRS said, â€œThe IRS is currently in the process of making repairs and working to restore normal operations as soon as possibleâ€¦We anticipate some of the systems will remain unavailable until tomorrow.â€ Officials said taxpayers can continue to prepare and file their tax returns with their e-file provider and the companies will hold the returns until the IRS systems are restores. The outage will not cause delays to those who have already filed their returns. The IRS said even with the outage, about 90 percent of all taxpayers will receive their refunds within 21 days.
There are reports that suggest IRS system is dated. It is saod tht after the IRS debuted a new iteration of the Free File electronic filing system for taxpayers who earned $62,000 or less. The site noted that the IRS now has more stringent security profiles than had been seen previously, which were reached in tandem with 13 technology companies. As has been widely reported, the new, more stringent security measures are a response to the data breach that led to the loss of information for 100,000 taxpayers.
Now thankfully the apparent server outage issue is sorted out. The IRS said its e-file service, as well as “Where’s My Refund” tracking tool and other options on www.irs.gov were not working. The outage was blamed on hardware failure.
Meanwhile IRS issued a new statement from Commissioner John Koskinen sayingÂ “The IRS announced it resumed processing individual and business tax returns at approximately 5 p.m. Thursday following resolution of its system outage. Many of the tools and applications came up earlier on Thursday morning, including “Where’s My Refund” on IRS.gov.
It went on to addÂ that people can still file their returns, and those returns are sent to firms like H&R Block, Intuit and several other companies that are part of the Free File alliance. Perhaps some solace comes along with the struggles but not right now; providers are unable to send returns to the government, at least for now.