The IRS issued a nationwide extension to file your taxes this year after its e-payment system crashed on Tuesday. "All indications point to this being hardware-related.
We’re aware of no other external issues," an IRS spokesperson said about the cause of the meltdown. Added acting IRS commissioner David Kautter, "This is the busiest tax day of the year, and the IRS apologizes for the inconvenience this system issue caused for taxpayers." According to The New York Times, this year's glitch may be just the start of such problems for the cash-strapped agency, which has lost almost $3 billion of its budget since 2010.
Last year, IRS deputy commissioner for operations support Jeffrey Tribiano told the House Ways and Means subcommittee, "The IRS needs to upgrade its IT infrastructure...We are concerned that the potential for a catastrophic system failure is increasing as our infrastructure continues to age."