IRS glitch gives Oregon tax filers an extra day to file

Tax day 2018 dawned with a technical glitch at the Internal Revenue Service, and ended with the federal government pushing Tuesday's filing deadline back by 24 hours. The state has also pushed back its filing deadline by 24 hours.

SALEM — You can submit your 2017 state and federal taxes without being penalized until midnight.

Tax day 2018 dawned with a technical glitch at the Internal Revenue Service, and ended with the federal government pushing Tuesday’s filing deadline back by 24 hours. The state has also pushed back its filing deadline by 24 hours.

Oregon’s Department of Revenue says the problem, which prevented the IRS from accepting electronic returns from popular tax preparation services TurboTax and H&R Block, shouldn’t translate into significant delays for the department’s tax season work. Those services submit both federal and state tax returns to the IRS, which in turn sends states their file submissions, according to Derrick Gasperini, a spokesman for the state revenue department.

While the system was down on Tuesday, the revenue department was encouraging taxpayers using TurboTax or H&R Block to file their tax returns anyway because the tax preparation companies held the information until the IRS could accept them.

It also shouldn’t affect when you get your refund. “Since this was resolved in a day, it should not impact the schedule for taxpayers to get their refunds,” Gasperini said in an email.

You can check the status of your refund at http://www.oregon.gov/DOR, by clicking the “Where’s My Refund?” button.

Nationwide, about 5 million people were expected to file their taxes on Tuesday. On Tax Day last year — April 18, 2017 — the state received about 68,000 2016 tax returns; the day before the due date, about 54,000.

Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter apologized on behalf of the agency late Tuesday. “This is the busiest tax day of the year, and the IRS apologizes for the inconvenience this system issue caused for taxpayers,” he said in a statement. “The IRS appreciates everyone’s patience during this period. The extra time will help taxpayers affected by this situation.”

The agency said Tuesday that the cause was likely a hardware issue.

On Tuesday morning, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden criticized what he says is a lack of funding from Congress for the nation’s tax collecting agency. “While we don’t yet know what has caused this systems failure, the lack of Republican funding for the IRS to serve taxpayers will only compound the issue,” the Oregon Democrat said in a statement. “Americans should not be punished for being unable to file their tax returns or pay their tax bills today.”

The Capital Bureau is a collaboration between EO Media Group and Pamplin Media Group.

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