News: IRS to delay tax deadline by one day after agency’s Tax Day technology collapse The agency was struggling to accept returns from the widely used tax software program TurboTax and the massive tax preparation company H&R Block. The "direct pay" feature, which lets you pay your taxes owed from a savings or checking account, also failed today. Some taxpayers were greeted with an IRS message saying the system would next be available on December 31, 9999! 87% of returns are filed electronically and there are lots of procrastinators among us. The IRS expected approximately 5 million people to file their tax returns today. (That's the number from last year.) About 15 million people file for extensions, but they still have to file and pay any amount owed on time. The outage was referred to as a "high-volume technical issue" but also as a "hardware issue." According to Bloomberg, the IRS is running code written nearly 60 years ago, most of it in assembly language, on the oldest computing systems used by the federal government. I've read that they still run a lot of COBOL programs too. This shouldn't be a surprise, given the shrinking IRS budget and the increasing workload, but I doubt that many Americans are celebrating the extra day that they have before taxes are due. I know it'll cost a fortune to upgrade the hardware and software they use, but I'm curious how much interest the government will lose by receiving so many tax payments a day later.