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IRS extends tax deadline to April 18 after online payment site fails

HONOLULU (KHON2) - The Internal Revenue Service is providing taxpayers an additional day to file and pay their taxes following system issues that surfaced early on the April 17 tax deadline.

Individuals and businesses with a filing or payment due date of April 17 will 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 Tuesday morning. Throughout the system outage, taxpayers were still able to file their tax returns electronically through their software providers and Free File. Taxpayers using paper to file and pay their taxes at the deadline were not affected by the system issue.

“This is the busiest tax day of the year, and 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.”

The IRS advised taxpayers to continue to file their taxes as normal Tuesday evening – whether electronically or on paper.

In light of the extended deadline, the U.S. Postal Service will offer late collection of tax mail from its Airport (Main) Post Office in Honolulu on Wednesday, Apr. 18.

Look for blue collection boxes and in-wall mail slots labeled with special bright orange signs indicating Tax Mail Drop – Final Pick-Up Midnight. Tax forms with correct postage deposited in those specially designated boxes and slots by midnight will receive Apr. 18 postmarks.

This special service is in addition to 27 post offices across the state that are offering late collection of mail from specially marked collection boxes on Tuesday, Apr. 17.

Kauai residents affected by the historic flooding will get an extension to file and pay their state taxes. 

Flood victims can write "2018 Kauai flood relief" at the top center of their tax return.

Due to the declining numbers of citizens who submit hard-copy tax returns by mail, the Postal Service no longer extends its retail hours of operation or provides curbside service to last-second filers of tax mail at its drive-by collection boxes.


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