The IRS Website Is Crashing On Tax Day - One Top Trump Official Thinks It's Hilarious
As Americans across the country are scrambling to finish their taxes by the Tuesday deadline, the IRS website has crashed. Larry Kudlow, President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, seemed to make a joke about the issue, during what is certainly an extremely stressful time for the countless people who are trying to do the right thing and file their taxes on time.
Asked about the IRS website crash, Kudlow told reporters, "The IRS is crashing. Sounds horrible. Really bad. I hope it gets fixed.”
Zeke Miller, a pool reporter with the Associated Press, said Kudlow was "deadpanning" — making light of a serious government blunder, even as he has the ear of the most powerful man in the executive branch.
Miller said that when Kudlow was further pressed on the fact that he didn't seem to care, he said simply, "The IRS'll straighten it out."
IRS Acting Commissioner David J. Kautter, on the other hand, took the issue seriously when asked about it by lawmakers.
“On my way over here this morning, I was told a number of systems are down at the moment,” Kautter told Congress at an oversight hearing Tuesday. “We are working to resolve the issue and taxpayers should continue to file as they normally would.”