IRS computers that went down after a major failure are now recovering. However, those who attempted to get a head start on their annual tax filing ritual may have to wait a bit longer.
Twenty-four hours after first announcing that several of its tax processing systems and tools had gone down, the IRS confirmed Thursday that its services are now back up. However, some reports indicate that though some features and processes available to those seeking to file their returns and claim refunds on the official IRS site are now active, the agency cautioned that certain programs continue to remain offline.
It might take some more time to get all the tax processing systems and tools back up and running smoothly. What's concerning is that the IRS admitted that it expects to issue nine out of 10 refunds within 21 days of receiving a tax filer's return. What this may mean is that IRS is aware that the tax refund process might be delayed for a small number of people, despite the agency claiming to have the computers running again.