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 JenkinsSentencing reform is critical for youth in the justice system Election Countdown: GOP worries House majority endangered by top of ticket | Dems make history in Tuesday's primaries | Parties fight for Puerto Rican vote in Florida | GOP lawmakers plan 'Freedom Tour' GOP worries House majority endangered by top of ticket MORE (R-Kan.), subcommittee ranking member John LewisJohn LewisCongress losing faith in Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi Obama to urge rejection of 'authoritarian politics and policies' in speech Florida's Darren Soto fends off Dem challenge from Alan Grayson MORE (D-Ga.) and Rep. Suzan DelBeneSuzan Kay DelBeneRecord numbers of women nominated for governor, Congress Hillicon Valley: Deal reached on ZTE, but lawmakers look to block it | New encryption bill | Dems push Ryan for net neutrality vote | Google vows it won't use AI for weapons Lawmakers renew push to preempt state encryption laws MORE (D-Wash.).