AvanTax eForms

Pre-Production Release (2024.100)

April 15, 2024

April 15, 2024 (Pre-Production Release 2024.100)

1 All rates and constants have been updated for the 2024 taxation year.
2 Data may be rolled forward from the 2023 AvanTax eForms.
3 AvanTax eForms can be used to report the newly implemented second CPP/QPP amounts on the T4 and RL-1 slips along with the associated XML files. At this time, eForms uses the temporary RL-1 slip provided by Revenu Québec. However, printing of the temporary RL-1 summary with eForms is unavailable at this time.

If you need to prepare the RL-1 summary for a 2024 return, please use the fillable form provided on the Revenu Québec web site at the following link:


The RL-1 summary will be available in an upcoming release of eForms.
4 All other forms printing / XML output is in 2023 format, but may be used for filing 2024 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 2023 by selecting Convert Last Year's Databases from the Tools menu or Convert a 2023 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 (eForms2024Setup.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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