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a brief reprieve

Due to website issues, the IRS is giving taxpayers an extra day to file

In a lucky break for procrastinators, the Internal Revenue Service announced Tuesday it will let people have an additional day to file and pay their taxes because its website had issues throughout the day.

Now, individuals and businesses with a filing or payment due on April 17 have until midnight April 18 to take care of things. The IRS said despite system outages, taxpayers were still able to file through their software providers and Free File. "This is the busiest tax day of the year, and the IRS apologizes for the inconvenience this system issue caused for taxpayers," Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter said in a statement. "The IRS appreciates everyone's patience during this period. The extra time will help taxpayers affected by this situation."

Although you could take full advantage of the extended deadline, the IRS says its processing systems are back up and running, and recommends filing your taxes tonight, since who knows what tomorrow may bring.