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Release Dates and Holidays

This article applies to:Avalara Excise

This document applies to all license types.  Content last updated 8/18/2017; the schedule on Nov. 29, 2016. 
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Release Types and Frequency

Avalara Excise releases come in the following types and frequency:

Release Type Avalara Product  Frequency What's included
Platform Returns Excise, AvaTax Excise and Government

Monthly, targeted for:

  • the 1st
  • a business day 
  • normal office hours the next day
  • eFile updates
  • Tax return updates
  • Tax scenario updates
  • Business profile data updates
  • Content updates, including changes to rates
  • Program feature updates and improvements
  • New program features (quarterly only)
Content Preview AvaTax Excise

Monthly, targeted for:

  • the 25th
  • a business day 
  • normal office hours the next day
  • A preview of the content (core rates, profiles, and scenarios). 
  • Can be used by AvaTax Excise customers to test these updates prior to the next platform release. 
  • Is included in the next platform release. 
  • Due to taxing jurisdictions releasing their changes less than a week before the changes are effective, on occasion, content is included only in the next platform release. 
Update determined by need determined by need determined by need

The release schedule for the upcoming year is published on this page near the beginning of the 4th quarter.  

Release Notices

SaaS (cloud based) customers

When you first login, the Message Center shows recent messages, including release announcements on the day of the release. 

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By default, once you're read a message on the Home page, it disappears. To see all message from the last 60 days, you can:

  • Click the Expand Grid button in the Message Center.
  • Click the Notifications icon in the upper right corner.  

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  • Click Admin > Message Center.from the menu.

The Message Center also includes announcements of late-breaking issues, often with links to the News Flash section of this Help Center. 

Self-hosted (deployed) customers

Self-hosted (deployed) customers receive notification through your organization's designated Support Contacts

Release schedule

The Avalara Excise Platform encompasses Avalara's Returns Excise, AvaTax Excise and Government products.

2017

Version (if blue, click to read the Highlights)  Title (Updates are unscheduled releases with late breaking fixes) Date
5.27.10 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly 1/3/2017
4.4.271 Zytax 4 - Filer 1/4/2017
5.27.11 Avalara Excise Platform - Update 1/12/2017
5.27.12 Avalara Excise Platform - Update
(only for Avalara Government - Oregon)
1/16/2017
5.27.13 Avalara Excise Platform - Update 1/19/2017
2017.01.24 AvaTax Excise Content Preview 1/24/2017
5.27.20 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly 2/1/2017
5.27.21 Avalara Excise Platform - Update 2/16/2017
2017.02.23 AvaTax Excise Content Preview 2/23/2017
5.27.22 Avalara Excise Platform - Update 2/24/2017
5.28.0 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Quarterly 3/1/2017
5.28.1 Avalara Excise Platform - Update 3/9/2017
2017.03.23 AvaTax Excise Content Preview 3/23/2017
5.28.10 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly 4/3/2017
5.28.11 Avalara Excise Platform - Update 4/12/2017
2017.04.25 AvaTax Excise Content Preview 4/25/2017
5.28.20 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly 5/2/2017
5.28.21 Avalara Excise Platform - Update 5/18/2017
2017.05.25 AvaTax Excise Content Preview 5/25/2017
5.29.0 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Quarterly 6/1/2017
2017.06.22 AvaTax Excise Content Preview 6/22/2017
5.29.10 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly 7/3/2017
5.29.11 Avalara Excise Platform - Update 7/14/2017
2017.07.25 AvaTax Excise Content Preview 7/25/2017
5.29.20 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly 8/1/2017
2017.08.24 AvaTax Excise Content Preview 8/24/2017
5.30.0 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Quarterly 9/4/2017 (Labor Day, USA)
5.30.1 Avalara Excise Platform - Update 9/18/2017
2017.09.25 AvaTax Excise Content Preview 9/25/2017
5.30.10 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly 10/3/2017
2017.10.25 AvaTax Excise Content Preview 10/25/2017
5.30.20 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly 11/1/2017
2017.11.22 AvaTax Excise Content Preview 11/22/2017
5.31.0 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Quarterly 12/4/2017
2017.12.21 AvaTax Excise Content Preview 12/21/2017
5.31.10 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly 1/3/2018
2018.01.25 AvaTax Excise Content Preview 1/25/2018
5.31.20 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly 2/1/2018
2018.02.22 AvaTax Excise Content Preview 2/22/2018
5.32.0 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Quarterly 3/1/2018

Holidays 2017

Avalara observes the following holidays and will be closed on these days in 2017.  Support requests will be handled on the next business day.  Note that since the New Year and Christmas Eve holidays fall on a weekend, they are observed on business days.

New Year's Day Monday, January 2
Memorial Day Monday, May 29
Independence Day Tuesday, July 4
Labor Day Monday, September 4
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 23
Day after Thanksgiving Friday, November 24
Christmas Eve (observed) Friday, December 22
Christmas Day (observed) Monday, December 25

 

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