The IRS has just issued a reminder that anyone who still has to file a 2016 return–even those who were affected by the recent hurricanes–can only make use of the e-file program until November 18th. After that, all 2016 tax returns will have to be filed on paper.

The Information Release, IR-2017-183, issued Oct. 31, 2017 states, that the IRS e-file system that processes electronically-filed individual returns, will shut down after Nov. 18 so the agency can perform annual maintenance and to enable the IRS to reprogram the system for the upcoming 2018 tax-filing season.

The release went on to say, “while most individuals have already filed their 2016 federal tax returns, certain taxpayers may qualify for an extension until Jan. 31, 2018. This includes taxpayers who live in a federally declared disaster area, have a U.S. tax filing obligation, and had previously obtained a valid 6-month extension of time to file their federal tax return. The federally declared disaster areas include hurricane and tropical storm victims in Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and parts of Texas, Louisiana and South Carolina, as well as wildfire victims in parts of California.”

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