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The Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) announced today that they will follow the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) plan and provide taxpayers an additional day to file and pay their taxes following system issues that surfaced early on the April 17 tax deadline. Individuals and businesses with a filing or payment due date of April 17 will now have until midnight on Wednesday, April 18. Taxpayers do not need to do anything to receive this extra time.

The IRS encountered system issues Tuesday morning. Throughout the system outage, taxpayers were still able to file their tax returns electronically through their software providers and Free File. Taxpayers using paper to file and pay their taxes at the deadline were not affected by the system issue.

“This is the busiest tax day of the year, and the IRS apologizes for the inconvenience this system issue caused for taxpayers,” said Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter. “The IRS appreciates everyone’s patience during this period. The extra time will help taxpayers affected by this situation.”

Kentucky DOR did not experience any local issues, but will follow the IRS’ lead by providing the additional filing day. “We want to alleviate any concern or confusion for our taxpayers,” said DOR Commissioner Daniel Bork. “Our main goal is assisting the taxpayer in becoming and remaining compliant. This additional filing day is consistent with that goal.”

The IRS advised taxpayers to continue to file their taxes as normal Tuesday evening – whether electronically or on paper. Automatic six-month extensions are available to taxpayers who need additional time to file. For more information, taxpayers can visit https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/extension-of-time-to-file-your-tax-return.

For Kentucky information go to https://revenue.ky.gov/Pages/index.aspx.


The Kentucky Department of Revenue conducts work
under the authority of the Finance and Administration Cabinet.