Tax Day 2022: The IRS website suffers a significant slowdown.

Tax Day 2022: The IRS website suffers a significant slowdown.

Monday is Tax Day, when taxpayers in the United States must file their returns or request an extension from the Internal Revenue Service.
However, many irate taxpayers reported outages on the IRS's website on its busiest day of the year, lashing out at the federal tax collection agency online.

It's a slap in the face to the agency on what is arguably its most important day of the year. According to the most recent data available, the IRS spent more than $2 billion on taxpayer filing and account services in the 2020 fiscal year.

Site for tracking service outages The number of reports of outages on the IRS website increased in the middle of the morning and remained high into the afternoon, according to Down Detector.


Several users reported receiving a message on the IRS website saying, "We are unable to complete your request due to technical difficulties." Out of more than 5,000 comments, one user wrote on Down Detector, "I'm unable to even revise my extended payment. They must accept responsibility for their site issues and refrain from penalizing taxpayers. This is nonsense."

Other taxpayers reported being unable to log in to the site, and a number of other users reported receiving error messages when attempting to make estimated tax payments.
Outage reports flooded social media, with one Twitter user asking the IRS if its website was down, explaining, "Trying to pay but (so far) site has crashed, reloaded, then failed to allow me to log in."

Tweeting is another extended choice word for the agency "Thank you, #IRS, for having such a bad system in place that I can't pay you the money I owe and will almost certainly be fined because your system is down. After spending 4 hours attempting to verify my identity via your new login process...get bent. #TaxDay"

When FOX Business contacted the IRS on Monday, it did not immediately confirm or deny any website issues. Throughout the day, the IRS sent out several social media posts on its "IRSNews" Twitter account, but as of 5:00 p.m. ET, none of the messages mentioned any outages or slowdowns to the agency's website.