E-File to close on Nov. 18 for 2016

Internal Revenue Service

Taxpayers, including those in disaster areas, who want to file a 2016 tax return electronically have until Nov. 18 to do so.

The Internal Revenue Service said filing paper tax returns will remain available after that date.

IRS Modernized e-file, the system that processes electronically filed individual returns, will shut down after Nov. 18 so the agency can perform annual maintenance. The process also enables the IRS to reprogram the system for the upcoming 2018 tax-filing season.

As a result, any taxpayer needing to file after Nov. 18 will need to do so on paper.

While most individuals have already filed their 2016 federal tax returns, certain taxpayers may qualify for an extension until Jan. 31. This includes taxpayers who live in a federally declared disaster area, have a U.S. tax filing obligation and had previously obtained a valid six-month extension.

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.