AvanTax eForms

Production Release (2020.111)

Jan 25, 2021

Jan 25, 2021 (Production Release 2020.111)

1 We have corrected a cosmetic problem on the printed two-slip-per-page T4 slip. The titles above two of the other information boxes on the slip at the bottom of the page were overwritten by some spurious text.

Jan 22, 2021 (Production Release 2020.110)

1 We have updated the CRA form T2200 to the year 2020 version.

Jan 7, 2021 (Production Release 2020.109)

1 All forms and XML output have been updated to the 2020 version where applicable.
2 We have added the new CRA form T2200S (Declaration of Conditions of Employment for Working at Home Due to COVID-19) to eForms Basic, Standard and Enterprise.

Nov 2, 2020 (Pre-Production Release 2020.106)

1 Note: This release of eForms allows you to enter and import the new , ’Other Information’ data for codes 57, 58, 59 & 60 on T4 slips. However, In accordance with CRA guidelines, ’Other Information’ data for codes 57, 58, 59 & 60 will neither be printed on recipient T4 slips nor included in XML submissions until January. 2021.
2 This release also includes several improvements and enhancements to various functions.
3 All rates and constants have been updated for the 2020 taxation year.
4 Data may be rolled forward from the 2019 AvanTax eForms.
5 All forms printing / XML output is in 2019 format, but may be used for filing 2020 returns.

May 12, 2020 (Pre-Production Release 2020.1.1.101)

1 All rates and constants have been updated for the 2020 taxation year.
2 Data may be rolled forward from the 2019 AvanTax eForms.
3 All forms printing / XML output is in 2019 format, but may be used for filing 2020 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 2019 by selecting Convert Last Year's Databases from the Tools menu or Convert a 2019 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

eForms will run on any current version of Windows (32 bit or 64 bit). We cannot guarantee that eForms will work on versions of Windows no longer supported by Microsoft and we may not be able to resolve problems encountered while running eForms on these versions.

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 (eForms2020Setup.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 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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