Pennsylvania State Revenue Department Announces State Income Tax Returns Will Be Accepted Without Penalty or Interest Until April 18

Electronic Services Working Again



Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Revenue

    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Secretary of
 Revenue Larry P. Williams today announced that taxpayers who experienced
 difficulties filing their state tax returns on the Internet (pa.direct.file)
 or by telephone (TeleFile) on Monday, April 16, can file their return without
 penalty or interest through midnight Wednesday, April 18.
     "We regret the inconvenience these taxpayers experienced.  We encouraged
 people to use an electronic method, and, unfortunately, the systems were not
 available when some people attempted to file last night," Secretary Williams
 said.  "To be fair to those customers, returns filed through any medium will
 be accepted without penalty or interest if dated by April 18."
     Pa.direct.file and TeleFile are up and running again, Secretary Williams
 announced.  Paper forms can be downloaded from the Internet
 (www.revenue.state.pa.us), or are available by fax at 1-888-PATAXES, or
 through Revenue district offices.
     District offices can be found in the government listing of local phone
 books.
     More than 1.3 million taxpayers filed their state tax returns using an
 electronic method, which is up 23 percent over last year.
     Analysis of last night's problem is ongoing, Secretary Williams said.
     The department traditionally receives around 2 million tax returns in the
 last week before the deadline.  There are more than 5.5 million Personal
 Income Tax returns received by the department annually.
 
     CONTACT:  Deb Snyder, Press Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of
 Revenue, 717-787-6960.
 
 

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Revenue
    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Secretary of
 Revenue Larry P. Williams today announced that taxpayers who experienced
 difficulties filing their state tax returns on the Internet (pa.direct.file)
 or by telephone (TeleFile) on Monday, April 16, can file their return without
 penalty or interest through midnight Wednesday, April 18.
     "We regret the inconvenience these taxpayers experienced.  We encouraged
 people to use an electronic method, and, unfortunately, the systems were not
 available when some people attempted to file last night," Secretary Williams
 said.  "To be fair to those customers, returns filed through any medium will
 be accepted without penalty or interest if dated by April 18."
     Pa.direct.file and TeleFile are up and running again, Secretary Williams
 announced.  Paper forms can be downloaded from the Internet
 (www.revenue.state.pa.us), or are available by fax at 1-888-PATAXES, or
 through Revenue district offices.
     District offices can be found in the government listing of local phone
 books.
     More than 1.3 million taxpayers filed their state tax returns using an
 electronic method, which is up 23 percent over last year.
     Analysis of last night's problem is ongoing, Secretary Williams said.
     The department traditionally receives around 2 million tax returns in the
 last week before the deadline.  There are more than 5.5 million Personal
 Income Tax returns received by the department annually.
 
     CONTACT:  Deb Snyder, Press Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of
 Revenue, 717-787-6960.
 
 SOURCE  Pennsylvania Department of Revenue