Tuesday, April 24, 2018

IRS' $173 Million IRS Tech Team Failed on Tax Day?

According to Forbes, not even 1,500 highly compensated tech employees at the IRS could keep the website running on Tax Day, the most important day of the year for taxpayers and the IRS.

Although tax season is busy throughout March and April, it all comes down to one day. This year, on April 17, when millions of taxpayers tried to file their 2017 tax returns on IRS.gov, they were halted by a system-wide computer failure, receiving the following notice:
“Planned outage: April 17, 2018 – December 31, 9999… We apologize for any inconvenience. Note that your tax payment is due although IRS Direct Pay may not be available.”
How could the website go down on the biggest day of the year? It certainly wasn’t for a lack of payroll.

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