U.S. Internal Revenue Service said it would give taxpayers an additional day to file their 2017 returns after computer problems prevented some people from filing or paying their taxes ahead of Tuesday's midnight deadline.

"Taxpayers do not need to do anything to receive this extra time," the IRS said in a statement announcing the extension.

The agency said its processing systems were now back online.

Earlier, the agency said several of its systems were hit with the computer glitch, including one that handles returns filed electronically and another that accepts online tax payments using a bank account.

It was not clear how many taxpayers might have been affected, but the agency said it received 5 million tax returns on the final day of filing season last year. (Reporting by Eric Beech; editing by Jonathan Oatis and Diane Craft)

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