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Avalara AvaTax Update 2019 Release Notes

This article applies to:Avalara AvaTax Update

Read older release notes to learn about the previous additions, changes, and fixes to AvaTax Update. For more detailed information about AvaTax Update, see the AvaTax Update guide.

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May 30, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.5.17, May 30, 2019

Changed

  • Clearnine Cart users now see a shorter label in the navigation bar

Fixed

  • Fixed an issue where importer of record defaults weren't always working properly
  • Various bug fixes and UI improvements
  • Returns:
    • Corrected a typo in the filing frequency for California returns

May 28, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.5.16, May 28, 2019

Fixed

  • Fixed a bug where the Colorado Multi-Location Report sometimes errored out instead of returning a report
  • Tax rules with the same start and end dates now show as active on that day
  • Page Up and Page Down keys on your keyboard now let you scroll in the app

May 23, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.5.15, May 23, 2019

Changed

  • Customers with addresses outside of the US and Canada can now have exemptions applied

Fixed

  • Fixed some visual bugs in Internet Explorer
  • Various UI improvements and bug fixes
  • Returns:
    • Fixed a bug where the status of the power of attorney form wouldn't update if the user didn't log out and log back in

May 22, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.5.14, May 22, 2019

Fixed

  • You can no longer enter invalid discount numbers into transactions
  • Fixed a bug that was preventing jurisdiction overrides from applying to transactions in the tax calculator
  • The list of committed transactions on the Transactions page no longer shows locked transactions
  • Returns:
    • Fixed a bug where returns couldn't be edited from the All Scheduled Returns page

May 20, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.5.13, May 20, 2019

Changed

  • The All Taxes Document Line Detail Export report can now be run for all countries, as well as all non-US countries

Fixed

  • The inactive user security logout no longer logs you out of AvaTax Update if you still have a report downloading
  • Various bug fixes and UI improvements

May 20, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.5.12, May 20, 2019

Changed

Fixed

  • Top line reconciliation reports now properly return data from non-US countries
  • Fixed an error that was occurring when tax rules were created with local jurisdictions
  • Various UI improvements and bug fixes
  • Returns:
    • Fixed a bug where the search box wasn't always clearing properly when searching for return forms

May 16, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.5.11, May 16, 2019

Changed

  • Search bar now shows on pages when there are fewer than 20 items in the list (previously it was hidden)

Fixed

  • Transaction imports now work if the file extension is in all caps
  • Transaction addresses no longer require a zip code
  • Fixed a bug when validating addresses while creating a jurisdiction override rule
  • Various minor UI improvements and bug fixes
  • Returns:
    • Fixed an issue where SST returns were showing the wrong filing period

May 15, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.5.10, May 15, 2019

Changed

  • You can now find your account ID in the drop-down menu beneath your username

Fixed

  • Various bug fixes and minor UI improvements

May 13, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.5.9, May 13, 2019

Fixed

  • Fixed an error that occurred when trying to tax alcohol sales
  • Resolved a problem that occurred when creating custom tax rules for a child company

May 13, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.5.8, May 13, 2019

New

  • Added a Tax Summary section to transactions that lets you know what kind of taxes were calculated, and how much of each
  • You can now add custom attributes to transaction documents or line items, under the additional information section

Changed

  • Sales Tax Document Summary reports can now be run for all document statuses
  • Locations search will now try to autofill what it thinks you're looking for midway through you typing it

Fixed

  • Various bug fixes and minor UI improvements
  • Returns:
    • Accruing returns now display correctly

May 8, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.5.7, May 8, 2019

Fixed

  • Fixed a bug where exemptions sometimes couldn't be saved in Canada
  • Returns:

May 8, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.5.6, May 8, 2019

Changed

Fixed

  • SST Nexus is no longer editable
  • Various minor bug fixes and UI tweaks

May 7, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.5.5, May 7, 2019

Changed

  • A new section in transaction details makes it easier to see if an exemption has been applied
  • The Colorado Multi-Location report can now exclude home-ruled jurisdictions (local jurisdictions with their own unique tax laws)

Fixed

May 7, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.5.4, May 7, 2019

Fixed

  • Fixed a bug where some modal windows were extending off the bottom of the screen. These windows are now scrollable.
  • Using the same document code on two different transactions in two companies on the same account no longer causes errors

May 6, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.5.3, May 6, 2019

Changed

  • Reports now default to including data from child companies that are marked as filing taxes with their parent company
  • Increased the length of time it takes reports to time out, allowing for larger reports to be generated
  • Hid advanced rules from company admins and users (this feature can still be accessed by account admins)

Fixed

May 2, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.5.1, May 2, 2019

Changed

  • The ability to set results per page has been added to the nexus list and transaction import history.
  • Various minor improvements to marketplace rules.

Fixed

  • When setting up where a company collects tax, tax types display more cleanly. 
  • Fixed an error where some customers couldn't import .cvs or .xlsx location files in a sandbox environment.
  • Fixed an error that occurred when generating Consumer Use Tax Level reports.
  • Minor bug fixes and performance improvements

April 25, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.4.13, April 25, 2019

Fixed

  • Can now uncommit transactions after selecting them from the transactions list
  • Fixed a bug that was preventing transactions from being committed in bulk
  • Various minor bug fixes

April 23, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.4.12, April 23, 2019

Fixed

  • Fixed a bug where sometimes exempt customers wouldn't export properly

April 22, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.4.11, April 22, 2019

New

  • Added doc type as an option for data columns in transactions
  • Custom columns can now be reset to default at the touch of a button

Changed

  • Minor adjustments to Reports user interface
  • Returns:
    • Added an option to view active, expired, and pending returns at the same time on the All Scheduled Returns page

Fixed

  • Fixed a bug where the dropdown that defines the number of records to display per page wouldn't show if all the records available showed on one page
  • When setting up an exempt customer, the region dropdown now populates properly after country is selected

April 15, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.4.7, April 15, 2019

Changed

  • Enhanced bulk editing for nexus start and end dates

Fixed

  • Fixed bug where some customers couldn't download the liability worksheet from Returns.
  • Fixes and improvements to custom tax rules
  • Minor bug fixes and performance improvements

April 8, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.4.4, April 8, 2019 

Fixed

  • Returns
    • In scheduled returns, form details are now consistent across regions and return types.
  • Fixed a bug where currencies wouldn't appear when setting the default currency in advanced company settings. 
  • Minor bug fixes and performance improvements

April 1, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.4.0, April 1, 2019 

Fixed

  • Fixed a bug where attempting to view some customers' exemption details instead showed a white screen.
  • Added a more accurate description for tax date overrides.
  • Long company names now display more cleanly.
  • Minor bug fixes and performance improvements

March 27, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.3.8, March 27, 2019

Changed

Fixed

  • Changed the appearance of some checkboxes to make it more clear that you're supposed to click them
  • Various minor bug fixes and technical improvements

March 25, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.3.7, March 25, 2019

New

Fixed

  • Advanced options now show up in the tax calculator again
  • Fixed a bug where entity use codes sometimes weren't showing up on saved transactions
  • Various minor bug fixes and technical improvements

March 18, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.3.6, March 19, 2019

Changed

  • Returns:
    • You now have the option of making your password visible while you type it when you're editing a return form

Fixed

  • Returns:
    • Fixed an issue where Montana paper returns were being added as electronic returns

March 18, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.3.5, March 18, 2019

Changed

  • Customer vendor code and doc code are no longer truncated when you're looking at the list of transactions
  • Help links now show up on more pages

Fixed

March 12, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.3.4, March 12, 2019

New

  • Added pagination to transaction line items

Changed

  • Returns:
    • Changed "Schedule and approve returns" in the navigation to "Manage and approve returns"

March 11, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.3.3, March 11, 2019

Changed

  • Returns:
    • You can now see if an approved form was approved by you or approved on your behalf when you passed the deadline for approving your own forms

Fixed

  • Fixed a bug where error notices would sometimes stick around even after the error had been resolved
  • Various bug fixes and technical improvements
  • Returns:
    • The alert reminding you to fill out a power of attorney form now always sends you to the right destination when you click the link to go fill it out

March 6, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.3.2, March 6, 2019

Changed

  • Locked transactions can no longer be edited

Fixed

  • Returns:
    • Fixed a rare bug where return forms sometimes wouldn't show up when a user tried to find them in the list

March 5, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.3.1, March 5, 2019

Changed

  • Transactions now have a more thorough breakdown of how the totals are calculated from line items
  • Clarified some language in the Custom Tax Rules section

March 4, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.3.0, March 4, 2019

  • Minor bug fixes and UI improvements
  • Returns:
    • Fixed a bug where return details weren't always showing the right summary data

February 28, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.2.10, February 28, 2019

New

  • The main reports page now includes a timestamp for the last time the reports data was refreshed
  • Returns:
    • Companies collecting lodging taxes can now set up lodging tax return forms

Changed

  • The tax calculator no longer requires a zip code in order to run a test transaction

Fixed

  • Fixed an error that occurred sometimes when downloading a liability worksheet report
  • You can have documents with the same document code, as long as they're of different document types
  • Minor UI updates and bug fixes

February 26, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.2.9, February 26, 2019

Changed

  • Simplified some language on the custom rules page
  • Transactions exports now list totals as numbers in the exported spreadsheet, so that they're easier for you to work with

February 25, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.2.8, February 25, 2019

New

  • Returns:
    • Added a warning when you add a form that doesn't match your tax type in a region where you're setting up returns

Changed

Fixed

  • Resolved a bug where nothing was showing up if you filtered the exemptions list for stopped exemptions
  • Returns:
    • Fixed a bug where the loading spinner wasn't showing up sometimes

February 20, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.2.7, February 20, 2019

Changed

  • When adding or editing a transaction, the label that's used to override exemptions in the entity use code dropdown has been changed so that it's more clear what it does
  • Minor UI text changes
  • Removed Canada from the list of countries that can issue exemptions
  • Returns:
    • The warning that lets you know when you might need to schedule returns in a region now no longer shows when you have a return pending review in that region

Fixed

  • The back button on the Switch Companies page now takes you to the page you just came from instead of the home page
  • Returns:
    • Fixed a display bug on the Puerto Rico returns page

February 18. 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.2.6, February 18, 2019

Changed

  • Transactions exports now matches the columns in the exported spreadsheet to the columns you've chosen to view on the transactions page
  • Made the options in the entity use code dropdown more clear
  • Returns:
    • Updated the warning that appears when a return form must be filed alongside another form. The warning now explains more about what you need to do to file these forms.

Fixed

  • Locations map now displays correctly no matter what the page width is
  • Various bug fixes and security patches

February 14, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.2.5, February 14, 2019

Fixed

  • Transactions export has been improved with additional formatting on transaction amount cells in the exported spreadsheet, so you can add them together more easily
  • Some minor UI improvements and bug fixes
  • Returns:
    • Fixed a bug where clicking Done on some returns would redirect you to the wrong page
    • Forms with weird names are now showing up properly on the Schedule and Approve Returns page

February 13, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.2.4, February 13, 2019

New

  • Added some alerts for SST customers on the tax calculator to explain how their taxes might have different requirements from the average user

Fixed

  • Warning messages on different regions now show up in Where You Collect
  • Returns:
    • Warning messages now show up with the right colors

February 12, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.2.3, February 12, 2019

Fixed

  • Minor UI and wording changes
  • Returns:
    • Resolved a bug where some returns would show as approved before you'd actually scheduled them

February 11, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.2.2, February 11, 2019

Fixed

  • Fixed a visual bug in some drop down menus where text was overrunning the space provided
  • Minor bug fixes and UI improvements
  • Returns:
    • Made some improvements to the return form preview feature

February 6, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.2.1, February 6, 2019

Fixed

February 4, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.2.0, February 4, 2019

Fixed

  • Minor bug fixes and improvements, particularly in the settings menu

January 31, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.1.10, January 31, 2019

Fixed

  • Minor bug fixes and improvements
  • Returns:
    • Fixed a bug where returns history exports didn't always contain every recent return filing

January 30, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.1.9, January 30, 2019

Fixed

  • Resolved a bug where you couldn't void transactions if they had a document code that was the same as another document of a different document type
  • Some minor bug fixes and security improvements

January 29, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.1.8, January 29, 2019

Changed

  • Returns:

Fixed

  • The Sales and Sellers Use Tax Levels Report for California now runs properly in sandbox environments
  • The Sales Tax Document Summary Listing by Jurisdiction report now returns all relevant data
  • Returns:

January 24, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.1.7, January 24, 2019

Fixed

  • Collection authority exports now give you a spreadsheet of where you collect tax instead of a blank report when you've set the collection authority to auto-manage locals
  • Fixed a rare issue where address validation would sometimes display a blank screen when trying to validate non-US addresses
  • Returns:
    • Corrected a minor typo on the Schedule and Approve Returns page

January 22, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.1.6, January 22, 2019

Changed

  • On the Company Locations page, both region and city are now affected by your choice of ascending or descending alphabetical sort when you choose to sort the table by region

Fixed

  • Returns:
    • Jurisdiction details no longer overflow their assigned space when you try to select a return form for Puerto Rico

January 21, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.1.5, January 21, 2019

New

  • You can now add additional lines to addresses if they're needed
  • On the Transactions page, you can now adjust how many transactions are visible at a time

Fixed

  • Fixed a problem where some reports wouldn't download
  • Adjusted the timing of some warning messages
  • You should now always be able to edit the customer code field on exempt customers
  • Fixed a bug where the transaction status wasn't always showing up when the transaction was being edited
  • Returns:
    • Fixed a bug with the "I'll do it later" button on the page that comes up when you're prompted to complete the power of attorney form

January 17, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.1.4, January 17, 2019

Changed

  • Adjusted the appearance of some elements on the Where You Collect page to match the visual style of the rest of the application
  • Returns:
    • Changed the reminder of when to approve returns from the 1st of the month to the 5th of the month, to give more time for last month's transaction data to reach AvaTax Update

Fixed

  • Returns:
    • When you go to expire a form, the first expiration period is now selected by default
    • Returns no longer suggests filing tax returns in states that don't have sales tax
    • Fixed a bug where filing month sometimes couldn't be changed when scheduling and approving returns
    • Fixed a bug where you could sometimes schedule a form to be expired without actually putting in a date to expire it on

January 15, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.1.3, January 15, 2019

Changed

Fixed

  • Fixed a visual bug where some links in Exemptions weren't lining up right
  • When exporting transactions, the column headers in the export now accurately reflect your custom export selections
  • Various bug fixes and minor technical improvements

January 14, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.1.2, January 14, 2019

New

  • Added information about the Streamlined Sales Tax program and how it affects exemptions to relevant places in the application (exempt customers page, exemption settings, etc)

Changed

  • Custom tax rules can now be created by SST companies in all states, including ones that are part of the Streamlined Sales Tax program
  • Added a field for Customer Code to the tax calculator, for customer-specific tax calculations

Fixed

  • Fixed a visual bug in the message that tells you when editing an exemption was successful
  • Various minor bug fixes and small technical improvements
  • Returns:
    • Corrected a visual bug in the notification that shows up when you need to fill out an additional return form alongside the one you're already filling out

January 11, 2019

AvaTax Update release 19.1.1, January 11, 2019

New

  •  

Changed

  • Exemption settings are now visible to all users, though only company admins can edit them
  • Returns:
    • Colorado form DR-0100CS no longer requires a company location
    • On the Schedule and Approve Returns page, you can now refresh returns that are awaiting approval or are still waiting for data
    • Forms that you've already set up no longer have a preview option, since you already know what they look like

Fixed

  • Corrected exemption requirements for companies participating in the Simple Sales Tax program
  • You can now choose a tax type when you're collecting and remitting tax in Louisiana
  • Returns:
    • Return form region field now properly shows the state that the form belongs to
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