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Loss of Pa. state web services prompts tax delay

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 15 2013 04:33:03 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 16 2013 04:24:37 AM CDT
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HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Pennsylvania's state government websites are back online after being dark for nearly three hours, but the tax-day outage is prompting a postponement of the filling deadline.

The Monday afternoon outage affected many of the departments under the governor's jurisdiction, including the Revenue Department on the last day to file taxes.

As a result, the department said it won't penalize income tax returns that are filed by Tuesday midnight, a day late.

It said Pennsylvanians were unexpectedly unable to file taxes online for a few hours or get tax forms online or help from its online customer service center.

The outage began around 1:30 p.m. and was resolved at about 4 p.m. Officials couldn't say why it happened, just that it wasn't triggered by a cyber-attack.