IRS Modernized E-File, the system that processes electronically-filed individual returns, will shut down on November 18th. At that time, the agency will perform annual maintenance and reprogram the system for the upcoming 2018 tax filing season. As a result, any taxpayer needing to file a return after November 18th and before the system is restored must do so on paper. After the shutdown occurs, Tax Year 2014 returns will no longer be accepted for e-filing.
The Wolters Kluwer TAA Electronic Filing Center (EFC) will stop accepting 1040 transmissions at the close of business on Friday, November 17, 2017. Doing so should allow adequate time for the states to retrieve their transmissions from IRS, process them and return acknowledgements to the EFC. Customers will be able to retrieve their 1040 and state acknowledgements from the EFC thru the mid-December timeframe when the Business cutover will take place.
IRS has not yet announced their system cutover schedule for Business returns. In addition, IRS has also not announced the opening of return filing for Tax Year 2017 at this time.