Lawmakers seek answers from IRS following Tax Day systems glitch

Lawmakers seek answers from IRS following Tax Day systems glitch
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A bipartisan group of lawmakers on the House Ways and Means Committee is asking the IRS questions about the technical difficulties that led the agency to extend the tax-filing deadline.

"While we were relieved that the IRS resumed operations of the impacted, electronic services by the end of Tax Day and provided a deadline extension to taxpayers, we would like to understand how this significant disruption of service transpired," the lawmakers wrote in a letter to the IRS on Tuesday. "Our hope is that this will not reoccur in the future."

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On April 17, the original tax deadline, the IRS said it had technical difficulties relating to systems that allow taxpayers to pay their taxes online. As a result, the agency gave taxpayers an additional day to file their returns.

The lawmakers are pressing the IRS for answers to a series of questions about the delay by May 4, including whether there were any software issues in addition to a hardware failure, the age of the technology that failed, how the IRS identified and fixed the issue and whether any taxpayer data was compromised.

The lawmakers noted that if the IRS had been forced to transition to a backup system, it could have taken several days and caused confusion at the height of the tax-filing season.

"We look forward to working together to ensure that the IRS provides the highest level of service to American taxpayers throughout the year and especially on Tax Day," the lawmakers wrote.

Ways and Means Committee members that signed the letter include Oversight subcommittee chairwoman Lynn JenkinsLynn Haag JenkinsPompeo seen as top recruit for Kansas Senate seat Exiting lawmakers jockey for K Street perch GOP seeks to ram through Trump’s B wall demand MORE (R-Kan.), subcommittee ranking member John LewisJohn LewisThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears Bill Clinton jokes no one would skip Dingell's funeral: 'Only time' we could get the last word Biden eulogizes Dingell: 'Dignity was how John walked. Dignity was how John talked' MORE (D-Ga.) and Rep. Suzan DelBeneSuzan Kay DelBeneLobbying world Bustos elected to lead Democratic campaign arm Maloney drops out of Democratic campaign committee race MORE (D-Wash.).