IRS resolves computer problems after outage

FILE - In this March 22, 2013 file photo, the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington. Got a question for the IRS on your taxes? Online may end up being the only answer. The IRS may soon dramatically scale back telephone and face-to-face service as part of a future plan that would focus more on online accounts for the 150 million individual taxpayers and 11 million businesses seeking help and information, the agency’s official watchdog warned. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS says it has resolved a computer system outage and is again accepting electronically filed tax returns.

In a statement on Thursday, the agency says it had resumed processing individual and business tax returns at about 5 p.m. Eastern, a day after a “hardware failure” forced the shutdown of several tax processing systems, including the e-file system.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says taxpayers should see little, if any, impact on their returns or refunds. He says employees worked through the night to get the system back online and apologized for the inconvenience.

The agency says taxpayers do not have to take any additional action due to the outage, even those who filed returns electronically before or after the computer problems.

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