The IRS extended the 2017 filing deadline one day. The IRS provided the additional day for taxpayers to file and pay their taxes following system issues that surfaced early on April 17. Individuals and businesses with a filing or payment due date of April 17 now have until midnight on Wednesday, April 18. Taxpayers do not need to do anything to receive this extra time.
The IRS encountered system issues the morning of April 17. While the system was down, taxpayers could file their tax returns electronically through software providers and Free File. Taxpayers using paper to file and pay their taxes at the deadline were not affected by the system issue.
“…the IRS apologizes for the inconvenience this system issue caused for taxpayers,” said Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter. “The IRS appreciates everyone’s patience during this period. The extra time will help taxpayers affected by this situation.”
2017 Filing Deadline
The IRS advised taxpayers to continue to file their taxes as normal. Returns filed and taxes paid before midnight on Wednesday, April 18, whether electronically or on paper, will be considered timely. In addition, automatic six-month extensions are available to taxpayers who need additional time to file. Taxpayers can get more information on how to obtain an automatic extension to file a tax return here.