The IRS announced on Oct. 31, 2017, that it will stop accepting e-filed returns for 2016 after Nov. 18, 2017. After that date, any disaster victims who are eligible to file through Jan. 31, 2018, will be required to submit their returns via paper instead of e-filing. This will likely result in delays in processing and remitting refunds for the disaster victims. The disaster victims are those affected by hurricanes, tropical storms or wildfires in portions of the following states: California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina and Texas. Portions of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands also qualify for the extended deadline. The IRS is shutting down the e-file system to prepare for accepting 2017 tax returns.