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IRS computers crash, could delay tax refunds

IRS computers crash, could delay tax refunds

It's tax season, which means you're gathering up your W2s and getting ready to file. But anyone who tried filing their taxes yesterday ran into a hiccup.

According to reports, even the IRS isn't immune to technical issues. A hardware failure forced the agency to stop accepting electronically filed tax returns yesterday and caused the shutdown of several e-filing systems.

While no major security threats or data breaches have been reported, the outage could slightly delay tax refunds for anyone who tried to file. There are also reports that the issue could extend into today.

Until the issue is fully resolved, features like "Where's my refund" are not available on IRS.gov. However, the main website is still working. The IRS is currently in the process of making the necessary repairs to restore normal operations as soon as possible.

But, if you're planning on filing your taxes electronically today, you might want to hold off for a little while until the issue is resolved. Companies that serve as middle men, like H&R Block, are still processing taxes for their customers. However, they're holding on to the tax returns until the IRS systems are fully operational again.

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Source: AP
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