IRS computer systems suffering 'hardware failure' during tax season

IRS Computer Systems Suffering 'Hardware Failure' During Tax Season

Today was a really bad day for computer screens to go dark for the Internal Revenue Service. Well actually, any day between Jan. 19 and April 18would be a bad day for that to happen.

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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.

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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Double check your figures to assure there are no mistakes

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Be sure to be 100% honest, and report your numbers realistically

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Those in the highest and lowest income brackets are most often targets of fraud, and thus, audits

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Don't draw too much attention with unusual or unrealistic deductions

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Filing returns electronically drastically reduces errors

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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.

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January 15, 2016: Those who are self-employed or have fourth-quarter income that requires payment for quarterly estimated taxes must have them postmarked by this date

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April 18, 2016: Individual tax returns are due for the 2015 tax year

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April 18, 2016: Requests for an extension on filling out your taxes must be filed by this date

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April 18, 2016: Those who are self-employed or have first-quarter income that requires payment for quarterly estimated taxes must have them postmarked by this date

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April 18, 2016: This date is also the deadline to make a contribution to an IRA account for 2015

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June 15, 2016: Those who are self-employed or have second-quarter income that requires payment for quarterly estimated taxes must have them postmarked by this date

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September 15, 2016: Those who are self-employed or have second-quarter income that requires payment for quarterly estimated taxes must have them postmarked by this date

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October 17, 2016: 2015 tax returns that received an extension are due by this date

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October 17, 2016: Today is the last chance to recharacterize a traditional IRA that was converted to a Roth IRA during 2015

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January 15, 2017: Those who are self-employed or have fourth-quarter income that requires payment for quarterly estimated taxes must have them postmarked by this date

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