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PA state websites are back online

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 15, 2013 3:46 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's state government websites are back online after being dark for nearly three hours, but there's no word on the cause.

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

Office of Administration spokesman Dan Egan says it's possible there may be lingering issues, but most elements appear to be functioning properly.

The outage began around 1:30 p.m. and was resolved at about 4 p.m. Officials say the problem wasn't triggered by a cyber-attack.

Due to the technical issues, Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser says  the department will not impose penalties or interest on personal income tax returns filed on or before Tuesday, April 16. 

“Since Pennsylvanians were unexpectedly unable to access padirectfile, tax forms and our Online Customer Service Center on our website for a few hours today, in the interest of customer service, we won’t penalize anyone who files a return by midnight, Tuesday, April 16,” Meuser said in a statement. 

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