Late Filers Swamp Turbotax Electronic Filing System

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A flood of last-minute income tax returns swamped the computer servers of a California software company. Taxpayers filing electronically have had to wait hours for confirmation that their forms have made it to the IRS.

A spokesman for Intuit, the company that makes the popular Turbotax and Proseries tax preparation software, says delays started early Tuesday and got worse as the midnight filing deadline approached.

During peak demand, the company was processing 50 to 60 returns
a second. Intuit has alerted the IRS to the backlog. The company is
urging users of its software to be patient and to try to get their
returns done earlier next year.

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