IRS computer systems hit by ‘hardware failure’


The IRS reported a ‘hardware failure’ Wednesday afternoon. It didn’t explain how or why the problem occurred, only that it affected several systems, including the online filing system.

What was impacted by the ‘hardware failure’

The ‘Where’s My Refund’ feature on the site also went down, so you over-achievers who have already filed and are tracking your return, you’ll have to check your mailbox for the time being.

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The IRS assures taxpayers can still prepare their returns as normal, but it just can’t accept electronic returns for now. 

There’s no word on when the system might be fixed, but we’re guessing whoever the IRS brings in will probably be feeling the pressure to solve the problem fast.

The IRS says you can still send your returns to an e-file provider, it just may take a little longer than usual:

Taxpayers can continue to prepare and file their tax returns as they normally would. Taxpayers can continue to send their tax returns to their e-file provider; these companies will hold the tax returns until the IRS resumes accepting electronic tax returns. Taxpayers who have already filed their tax returns do not need to take any additional action.

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