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IRS announces e-File system maintenance shut-down date

After shut-down date, taxpayers must paper file


On Oct. 31, 2017, the IRS published IR-2017-183, announcing that it will shut down its e-File system for individual taxpayers’ 2016 Tax Year filings. The IRS e-File system will close on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2017. After Nov. 18, a taxpayer needing to file a return must do so on paper rather than use the e-File system. The IRS is expected to similarly shut down the e-Filing system for corporations sometime in December, but has not yet issued that announcement.

Each year, the IRS shuts down its e-File system to perform maintenance and enable it to re-program the system and prepare for the upcoming tax-filing season. This is generally done after the vast majority of taxpayers have filed their tax return. This year, however, there is a significant number of taxpayers who have not yet filed.

The IRS postponed the filing deadline for numerous taxpayers impacted by the recent hurricanes and wildfires. These taxpayers are situated in Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and certain regions of California, Texas, Louisiana and South Carolina. Impacted taxpayers include calendar year taxpayers who had a valid 6-month extension of time to file their federal tax return. Taxpayers in those regions may qualify to have their tax return postponed until Jan. 31, 2018. 

Information on previous disaster relief can be found here:

South Carolina,
Puerto Rico, and
Virgin Islands

Individual filers who have not filed their returns and who anticipate missing the e-Filing deadline should speak to their tax advisors about how the shut down will affect their filings. 


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