AvanTax eForms

Production Release (2017.1.2.112)

January 16, 2018

January 16, 2018 (Production Release 2017.1.2.112)

1 Corrected a printing problem with Box I (Eligible salary or wages under the QPIP) on the RL-1 slip. It now prints '0.00' instead of a blank if there is no eligible salary or wages under the QPIP for the year.

January 8, 2018 (Production Release 2017.1.2.111)

1 All forms and XML output have been updated to the 2017 version where applicable.
2 The rates for the contribution to the Health Services Fund on the Releve 1 Summary have been updated to the 2017 values.

December 19, 2017 (Production Release 2017.1.2.107)

1 All forms and XML output have been updated to the 2017 version where applicable with the exception of the following:
  • The printing of the Quebec RL31 is disabled pending government approval and will be updated in a future release of AvanTax eForms.
2 The system can now process Quebec's Releve 5 slip.

May 10, 2017 (Pre-Production Release 2017.1.1.101)

1 Release 2017.1.1.100 of AvanTax eForms 2017 did not set up database file associations correctly. If you double click on a 2016 AvanaTax eForms database after installing the 2017 release of the software, it would attempt to use the 2017 program to open the 2016 file. To correct this problem please install the newest release of AvanTax eForms 2017.

April 18, 2017 (Pre-Production Release 2017.1.1.100)

1 All rates and constants have been updated for the 2017 taxation year.
2 Data may be rolled forward from the 2016 AvanTax eForms.
3 All forms printing / XML output is in 2016 format, but may be used for filing 2017 returns.

The remainder of this document contains information on the following topics:

  Contact Information for ELM Computer Systems
  Converting Prior Year Program and User Settings
  System Requirements
  Installing AvanTax eForms
  Network Installation
  Registering AvanTax eForms
  Installing Adobe Acrobat Reader
  History of AvanTax eForms releases

Contact Information for ELM Computer Systems

  Toll Free: 1-800-268-3211
Toronto: (416) 495-1624
French support: (514) 499-9669
  Fax Number: (416) 495-0044
  E-Mail: support@avantax.ca
  Website: www.avantax.ca
  Mailing address: ELM Computer Systems Inc.
502 Gordon Baker Road
North York, Ontario M2H 3B4

Converting Prior Year Program and User Settings

Your tax slip data can be rolled forward from AvanTax eForms 2017 by selecting Convert Last Year's Databases from the Tools menu or Convert a 2016 Database from the File menu.  AvanTax eForms does not automatically import user settings from the previous year's software during the installation process.  You may use Import User Information from Last Year's Program in the Tools menu to import user information.

System Requirements

AvanTax eForms is designed for and tested on the following Windows platforms:  Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.

The Microsoft .NET Framework Version 4.0 or higher must be installed on the computer. If, during program installation, a Network Administrator Installation is selected, the .NET Framework installation package will be copied to the network location and will be installed if required when NETNODE.EXE is run. If a Workstation Installation is selected and the Framework is not installed, you will be prompted to download the .NET Framework installation  package from the Internet.

Installing AvanTax eForms

If you downloaded the install file (eForms2017Setup.exe) from www.avantax.ca, simply run it and follow the instructions. If you are installing from a CD, insert the CD and wait a few seconds for the setup program to start up. If it does not start automatically, run D:SETUP.EXE (replacing D: with the drive letter of your CD drive). Follow the on-screen instructions.  If you are running Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10, you may have to right click on the installation file and select "Run as administrator" to start the installation.

Network Installation

If you want to run AvanTax eForms from more than one workstation, you can do a Workstation installation on each computer, but for ease of installation and centralizing subsequent program updates, it is recommended that you install the program on a network drive where it can be accessed by all network users. This type of installation is called a Network Administrator installation.

When you start the installation, select "Network Administrator" as the type of installation and complete the installation to a network drive. Then run NETNODE.EXE from each workstation to install the program on the workstations. A shortcut will be created on the workstation's desktop and in the Start menu.

When installed as a "node", AvanTax eForms can also run in off-line mode, which allows laptop users to run the program when out of the office (accessing local data and user settings), and then reconnect to the network when back in the office.

Registering AvanTax eForms

To register this copy of the program, simply enter the unique authorization code issued to you by ELM Computer Systems. Until this code is entered, the program will print "VOID" on the slips and summaries, and some of the features of AvanTax eForms Standard or Enterprise will be unavailable. You may continue to use AvanTax eForms without registering the program. All the data you enter will be saved. The opportunity to register will be available every time you start the program until registration has been completed.

Installing Adobe Acrobat Reader

AvanTax eForms uses the free Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing and printing returns (slips and summaries). You must have Acrobat 5.x or above. To install or upgrade Acrobat Reader you may download Acrobat Reader from Adobe's website http://get.adobe.com/reader.   If you have difficulty downloading or installing the software, visit Adobe's website at www.adobe.com.

History of AvanTax eForms releases


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