AvanTax eForms

Production Release (2023.108)

March 25, 2024

March 25, 2024 (Production Release 2023.108)

1 We have made a number of improvements to the eForms function to export data to CSV files. In addition we made some improvements to the eForms import function that updates existing data based on a linking filed such as the SIN or name.

February 19, 2024 (Production Release 2023.106)

1 The Business address which prints on the top of the T2200 & T2200N forms does not print correctly if these forms are printed for multiple companies at the same time. The forms are printed correctly if you print them one company at a time. However, If you print multiple companies at one time then the business address associated with the first company in your selection would print on all the forms. This has been corrected.

February 13, 2024 (Production Release 2023.105)

1 Note to users who print T4's for Quebec taxpayers - there is an error when printing the 3/page T4 slips whereby the QPP contributions amount (box 17) prints in the CPP contributions box (box 16). This issue is only on the 3/page T4 form; the 2/page T4 form prints correctly. This issue only affects the printed forms. The XML returns are not affected.
2 On February 5th, CRA made available their updated T2200 form for the 2023 tax season. Following extensive consultation with various clients we have been working diligently to add the new T2200 form to eForms and we are happy to report that the new T2200 form is now available in eForms. Not only that, but the new T2200 form exists in parallel with the old T2200 form, enabling clients with T2200s already underway with the old form to continue with that form. (CRA has confirmed that both the new T2200 form and the old T2200 form are valid for the 2023 tax season). The new T2200 form will be referred to as “T2200N” within eForms.

January 15, 2024 (Production Release 2023.103)

1 All forms and XML output have been updated to the 2023 version where applicable.
2 We have fixed an issue where an employee's net pay was not properly displayed on the the T4 data entry screen.
3 A number of features which were disabled on release 2023.102 are now available:
  • XML processing for the T4FHSA
  • Printing of the Consolidated T5008
  • Printing of the RL25 Slips
  • The ability to process 2024 end-of-business T4 or RL1 returns; please contact us for details.
  • We have modified eForms’ printing procedure to prevent memory overflow issues that could occur while printing several thousand slips

December 22, 2023 (Production Release 2023.102)

1 All forms and XML output have been updated to the 2022 version where applicable.
2 We've added the FHSA - First Home Savings Account to eForms Enterprise.
3 We've added the Business Number (BN), Social Insurance Number (SIN) & Trust Number (TN) validity tool.
4 A number of features have been disabled until the January Release
  • XML filing for the new FHSA
  • Printing of the T5008Consolidated form
  • Printing of the RL25 Slips
  • The ability to put the year 2024 in any T4 or RL1 slips

May 11, 2023 (Pre-Production Release 2023.100)

1 All rates and constants have been updated for the 2023 taxation year.
2 Data may be rolled forward from the 2022 AvanTax eForms.
3 All forms printing / XML output is in 2022 format, but may be used for filing 2023 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 2022 by selecting Convert Last Year's Databases from the Tools menu or Convert a 2022 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 (eForms2023Setup.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 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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