AvanTax eForms

Production Release (2022.103)

Jan 23, 2023

Jan 23, 2023 (Production Release 2022.103)

1 We have improved the AvanTax eForms email slips function. AvanTax eForms Standard and Enterprise can email slips to recipients. We have changed the interface to allow users to enter formatted text in the body of the message sent to the recipient. Instead of a text-only interface, users can now apply formatting such as bold, italic, underline, font and font size, text colour and inserting images to the message.
2 We now have a stand alone tool which will allow users to do a pre-import validation check on your spreadsheets before you attempt to do the import. This should improve time efficiency as it will catch most errors before you try the import. The validation program is in English only at the present time. See our website for details.

Dec 21, 2022 (Production Release 2022.102)

1 All forms and XML output have been updated to the 2022 version where applicable.
2 We've produced a series of QuickHelps videos which, along with our QuickHelps pages, answer the most common questions asked by AvanTax eForms users. Visit avantax.ca for details.

May 3, 2022 (Pre-Production Release 2022.100)

1 All rates and constants have been updated for the 2022 taxation year.
2 Data may be rolled forward from the 2021 AvanTax eForms.
3 All forms printing / XML output is in 2021 format, but may be used for filing 2022 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

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.
One Valleywood Drive
Suite 200
Markham, Ontario L3R 5L9

Converting Prior Year Program and User Settings

Your tax slip data can be rolled forward from AvanTax eForms 2021 by selecting Convert Last Year's Databases from the Tools menu or Convert a 2021 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 4.8 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 (eForms2022Setup.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, 8, 10 or 11, 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(TM) Acrobat Reader for viewing and printing returns (slips and summaries). To install or upgrade Acrobat Reader you may download Acrobat Reader from Adobe's website https://get.adobe.com/reader. Many Internet Browsers will be set to open PDF files and if this is the case you may not need the PDF reader from Adobe.

AvanTax eForms is developed and supported by ELM Computer Systems, Inc. 
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