Still Working on a 2017 Return? IRS Says You Have Until Nov. 17 to E-File

By:
Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Nov 9, 2018
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The IRS has issued a reminder that anyone still working on a 2017 return, including disaster victims, has until Nov. 17 to e-file. IRS Modernized e-file, the system that processes electronically filed individual returns, will shut down after that date so that the IRS can perform annual maintenance and reprogram the system for the upcoming 2019 tax-filing season. 

Paper filing will still be an option, however, even after Nov. 17.

While the vast majority of individuals have already filed their tax year 2017 federal tax returns, victims of Hurricane Michael, Hurricane Florence and other recent disasters qualify for an additional extension. This group includes taxpayers who live, work or have a business in a federally declared disaster area; have a U.S. tax filing obligation; and had previously obtained a valid six-month extension of time to file their federal tax return. Extended deadlines vary by locality and range from Dec. 17, 2018, to Feb. 28, 2019. Currently, parts of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin and the Northern Mariana Islands qualify.


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