Taxpayers in the United Kingdom faced problems filing their taxes in time for the deadline when the government's Inland Revenue site returned error messages.

Taxpayers who visited the Self Assessment Online section of the site were greeted with messages such as "planned maintenance" or "not found" on the last day for filing taxes. The site crashed for six hours on deadline day, forcing the U.K.'s HM Revenue & Customs to extend the deadline for filing taxes by another 24 hours.

Users of third-party tax software can still file their taxes online, although they have to pay for it. The Self Assessment Online system was intended to provide a free alternative for online electronic filing.

Taxpayers who fail to pay their taxes in time by the deadline are typically fined 100 pounds. The deadline has been extended from midnight Jan. 31 to midnight Feb. 1.

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