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Internal Revenue Service

IRS systems went down for 1 day, could slightly delay tax processing

The Internal Revenue Service's systems had a hardware failure on Wednesday afternoon that could slightly delay the processing of some tax returns, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said.

The IRS malfunction, which shut down the federal e-file system, delayed Maryland's ability to retrieve and process returns, the comptroller's office said in a news release. The IRS said the system failure was fixed by Thursday evening and they did not anticipate significant delays in refunds.