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The Internal Revenue Service suffered a “hardware failure,” Wednesday, leaving many of its tax processing systems offline.

The breakdown prevented the IRS from accepting electronically-filed tax returns. The outage may affect refunds but, so far, the agency says it doesn’t anticipate major disruptions.

“The IRS is still assessing the scope of the outage,” the agency said. “At this time, the IRS does not anticipate major refund disruptions; we continue to expect that nine out of 10 taxpayers will receive their refunds within 21 days.”

Taxpayers can still e-file with tax-filing companies but those companies have to hold on to the tax returns until the IRS systems are back online.


If you’ve already filed, there’s no need to worry.

(H/T USA Today)

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