The reason? A power failure at the department's Taxpayer Service Center.
"This doesn't impact any personal taxes," said Sarah Kaufman, a spokeswoman for the department. "It's just the business taxes."
For instance, she said, businesses that have to file sales and use tax returns, withholding tax returns and room occupancy tax returns all must file electronically by a certain date -- now Monday, Feb. 3.
This news release, issued Friday, has more information:
Department of Revenue Services (DRS) today announced a deadline extension for taxpayers required to electronically file and pay their business taxes by Jan. 31, 2014. Taxpayers will now have until midnight, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 to electronically file and pay those taxes.
A power failure disrupted the servers that support the state’s Taxpayer Service Center (TSC). This caused some taxpayers to receive error messages during the filing process, while others simply were unable to access the system. It also disrupted the business Telefile system.
The filing extension only applies to taxpayers required to electronically file and pay their state taxes. Taxpayers submitting paper returns for filings due on Jan. 31, 2014 must have their return postmarked no later than January 31.
DRS notifies taxpayers if they are required to electronically file and pay business taxes.