AvanTax eForms

Production Release (2018.1.2.117)

February 26, 2019

February 26, 2019 (Production Release 2018.1.2.117)

1 We have corrected an issue with the calculations on the RL-1 Summary in Work Chart B, “Contribution to the health services fund before the reduction for the creation of specialized jobs”

This issue does not affect any printed RL-1 Slips or XML files generated by the program. It only affects the amounts on the paper summary.

It may affect you if you used Work Chart B and you included an amount in the Adjustments box on the RL-1 summary. - The adjustments box is a customized number that is added to the totals of boxes A and Q on the RL-1 slips in order to set box 28 (Total payroll for determining the contribution rate) to the desired amount. In some cases, the rate calculated may be incorrect since Work Chart B did not take into consideration the manually entered adjustment.

It will not affect you if you did not use Work Chart B or you did not use the adjustments field. See image below.

February 19, 2019 (Production Release 2018.1.2.115)

1 Corrected a printing error in the instruction area on copy 2 of the English T4RSP Slip.

February 18, 2019 (Production Release 2018.1.2.114)

1 The company postal code did not print on the top of the Relevé 1 summary. This has been corrected.
2 The Yes/No checkboxes for question 6 of the English T2200 form were missing. This has been corrected.

February 12, 2019 (Production Release 2018.1.2.113)

1 The two-per-page T4A slip had separate boxes for the recipient's surname and first name/initial pre-printed on the form. AvanTax eForms printed the entire recipient name in the surname box using the standard format (SURNAME, First, Initial). We made a change to the printing to improve readability of the slip.

We made this change for cosmetic purposes only. All T4A slips produced by any previous version of the software are perfectly sufficient as is. As such, release 2018.1.2.113 is entirely optional.

January 21, 2019 (Production Release 2018.1.2.112)

1 Please note that release 2018.1.2.112 of AvanTax eForms does not contain any functional changes and as such you will not have to install it to continue processing your tax slips.

We have added a new edition to the AvanTax eForms suite of products. The AvanTax eForms Property Management Edition allows landlords and property managers with a presence in Quebec prepare and submit Relevé 31 slips for up to five companies/owners, each of whom leases up to twenty-five rental units. In addition, with this version you can prepare up to twenty-five T4, T4A, T5, Relevé 1 and Relevé 3 slips for each company/owner.

January 7, 2019 (Production Release 2018.1.2.111)

1 We have made a change to the RLZ-1 (Relevé 1 Summary). The calculation of the health services fund contribution rate in Work Chart B has been corrected.

December 17, 2018 (Production Release 2018.1.2.110)

1 All forms and XML output have been updated to the 2018 version where applicable.
2 Two new federal forms have been added to the system. The T4E (Statement of Employment Insurance and Other Benefits) and the T215 (Past Service Pension Adjustment Exempt from Certification).

May 28, 2018 (Pre-Production Release 2018.1.1.101)

1 Updated the 2018 rates for the gross up and dividend tax credit for ordinary dividends on both T5 and RL-3 slips

May 11, 2018 (Pre-Production Release 2018.1.1.100)

1 All rates and constants have been updated for the 2018 taxation year.
2 Data may be rolled forward from the 2017 AvanTax eForms.
3 All forms printing / XML output is in 2017 format, but may be used for filing 2018 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 2018 by selecting Convert Last Year's Databases from the Tools menu or Convert a 2017 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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