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This article applies to:Avalara Excise

 

This document applies to all license types.  Content last updated 9/5/2019. 
Help Center documentation is confidential and proprietary to Avalara clients.

Release Types, Frequency and Release numbers explained

Avalara Excise releases come in the following types and frequency:

Release Type Avalara Product  Frequency What's included & example version number
Avalara Excise Platform - Monthly Returns Excise, AvaTax Excise and Government Monthly, targeted for:
  • the 1st of the month
  • a business day 
  • normal office hours the next day
  • between 9:00 PM and midnight Central time (USA)
  • eFile updates
  • Tax return updates
  • Tax scenario updates
  • Business profile data updates
  • Content (core rate, profile, and scenario)
    • all previous updates
    • may include late-breaking content not included in the previous Content Release
  • Program feature updates and improvements
  • All updates from all prior 5.xx.yy releases, including Content Previews

Version: 5.xx.yy where yy is either 10 or 20 (e.g. 5.25.10 or 5.25.20).

Avalara Excise Platform - Quarterly Returns Excise, AvaTax Excise and Government Monthly, targeted for:
  • the 1st of the quarter
  • a business day 
  • normal office hours the next day
  • between 9:00 PM and midnight Central time (USA)
  • eFile updates
  • Tax return updates
  • Tax scenario updates
  • Business profile data updates
  • Content (core rate, profile, and scenario)
    • all previous updates
    • may include late-breaking content not included in the previous Content Release
  • Program feature updates and improvements
  • New program features
  • Schedule Transaction Importer application updates
  • All updates from all prior 5.xx.yy releases, including Content Previews

Version: 5.xx.yy where yy is always 0 (e.g. 5.25.0).

Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release (UA only) and
Avalara Excise Content
Release (Prod and UA) 
AvaTax Excise, Returns Excise; Government as needed Monthly, targeted for:
  • Content Release: the next to last business day of the month
  • Content Pre-release: 7 days before the Content Release on the UA (User Acceptance) site only
  • a business day 
  • normal office hours the next day
  • between 3:00 and 6:00 PM Central time (USA)
  • No outage unless a special notice is sent
  • The Content Pre-release (UA only, starting April 2019)
    • allows AvaTax Excise customers to preview the content (core rates, profiles, and scenarios) for one week before the Content Release
    • Is applied only to the UA (User Acceptance) site at https://exciseua.avalara.net.
    • Includes content that was:
      • updated since the previous Platform release
      • announced by a jurisdiction several business days prior to the release
  • The Content Release (Prod and UA)
    • includes content that was:
      • updated since the previous Platform release
      • announced by a jurisdiction several business days prior to the release
  • Neither Content Release includes software updates. The most recent Content Preview, and late changes if needed, are included in the next platform release. 

Version: yyyy.mm.dd-5.xx.yy for year, month and date of the Content Preview (e.g. 2017.09.25) followed by the next scheduled monthly or quarterly release which will include this Content Preview. Very rarely, new content will be included in the next monthly or quarterly release that didn't make the Content Preview deadline. The Content Preview never changes the version shown on each site page.

Update Determined by need Date and time are determined by need.
  • Late breaking jurisdiction changes
  • Corrections for significant program issues
  • All updates from all prior 5.xx.yy releases, including Content Previews

Updates may not change the version shown on each site page.

Version: Add 1 to the previous version: (e.g. 5.25.0 becomes 5.25.1, 5.25.21 becomes 5.25.22)

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

Release Notices

SaaS (cloud based) customers

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

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By default, once you've 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 Messages 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. A banner message is displayed at the bottom of each page 48 hours before each monthly and quarterly releases. Updates that require an outage are also given banner messages, although in very rare circumstances, this may be for less than 48 hours. 

Holidays

Avalara observes the following holidays and will be closed on these days.  Support requests will be handled on the next business day.  

Holiday 2019 2020
New Year's Day Tuesday, January 1 Wednesday, January 1
Memorial Day Monday, May 27 Monday, May 25
Independence Day Thursday, July 4 Friday, July 3 (observed)
Labor Day Monday, September 2 Monday, September 7
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 28 Thursday, November 26
Day after Thanksgiving Friday, November 29 Friday, November 27
Christmas Eve  Tuesday, December 24 Thursday, December 24
Christmas Day  Wednesday, December 25 Friday, December 25

Release schedule

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

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Skip this section if you use the cloud (SaaS) version at https://excise.avalara.net. 

  • Support Contacts and IT Contacts can download releases from the Avalara Excise Platform under Admin > Support Downloads
  • Be sure to download these files:
     
    File type Description Select Version
    Avalara Excise Platform - System Requirements yyyy-mm-dd.pdf System requirements for Windows Server, SQL Server and the Schedule Transaction Importer Documentation
    Any document updated since the last release you downloaded Upgrade, special circumstances, etc. Documentation
    Avalara_Excise_ *_Installer.exe For installing or upgrading Version number. e.g. 5.38.10.0
    5.xx.yy * Release Highlights.docx Highlights of changes in this release, one for affected each license type Version number. e.g. 5.38.10.0
    ScheduleTransactionImporter_*_Setup.exe (Optional) Avalara standalone program for importing excise data. Version number. e.g. 5.38.10.0

    Supported versions:

    • Avalara software - We support the current and 2 previous minor releases, e.g. if 5.39 is current, 5.38 and 5.37 are also supported - older releases are not.
    • Microsoft software - When Microsoft ends mainstream support for their software, Avalara's support for use with our software also ends. See Microsoft's website for their lifecycle support policy and mainstream support ending dates.

Releases 2019

 

Version Title Date
5.37.0 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Quarterly 6/3/2019
5.37.1 Avalara Excise Platform Update 6/6/2019
5.37.2 Avalara Excise Platform Update 6/11/2019
2019.06.20 Avalara Excise Content Pre-release - UA Only 6/20/2019
2019.06.27 Avalara Excise Content Release - UA and Prod 6/27/2019
5.37.10 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly 7/2/2019
2019.07.10 Avalara Updated Content Release - UA and Prod 7/10/2019
2019.07.23 Avalara Excise Content Pre-release - UA Only 7/23/2019
2019.07.30 Avalara Excise Content Release - UA and Prod 7/30/2019
5.37.20 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly 8/1/2019
2019.08.22 Avalara Excise Content Pre-release - UA Only 8/22/2019
2019.08.29 Avalara Excise Content Release - UA and Prod 8/29/2019
5.38.0 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Quarterly 9/4/2019
5.38.1 Avalara Excise Platform Update 9/9/2019
2019.09.19 Avalara Excise Content Pre-release - UA Only 9/19/2019
2019.09.26 Avalara Excise Content Release - UA and Prod 9/26/2019
5.38.10

Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly

(Will include an additional Schedule Transaction Importer application release. See the release highlights on 10/1/2019 for details.)

10/1/2019
2019.10.23 Avalara Excise Content Pre-release - UA Only 10/23/2019
2019.10.30 Avalara Excise Content Release - UA 10/30/2019
5.38.20 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly 11/4/2019
2019.11.19 Avalara Excise Content Pre-release< - UA Only 11/19/2019
2019.11.26 Avalara Excise Content Release - UA and Prod 11/26/2019
5.39.0 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Quarterly 12/3/2019
2019.12.23< Avalara Excise Content Pre-release - UA Only 12/23/2019
<2019.12.30 Avalara Excise Content Release - UA and Prod 12/30/2019

Releases 2020

Version Title Date
5.39.10 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly 1/2/2020
2020.01.23 Avalara Excise Content Pre-release - UA Only 1/23/2020
2020.01.30 Avalara Excise Content Release - UA and Prod 1/30/2020
5.39.20 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly 2/3/2020
2020.02.20 Avalara Excise Content Pre-release - UA Only 2/20/2020
2020.02.27 Avalara Excise Content Release - UA and Prod 2/27/2020
5.40.0 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Quarterly 3/3/2020
2020.03.23 Avalara Excise Content Pre-release - UA Only 3/23/2020
2020.03.30 Avalara Excise Content Release - UA and Prod 3/30/2020
5.40.10 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly 4/1/2020
2020.04.22 Avalara Excise Content Pre-release - UA Only 4/22/2020
2020.04.29 Avalara Excise Content Release - UA and Prod 4/29/2020
5.40.20 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly 5/4/2020
2020.05.21 Avalara Excise Content Pre-release - UA Only 5/21/2020
2020.05.28 Avalara Excise Content Release - UA and Prod 5/28/2020
5.41.0 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Quarterly 6/2/2020
2020.06.22 Avalara Excise Content Pre-release - UA Only 6/22/2020
2020.06.29 Avalara Excise Content Release - UA and Prod 6/29/2020
5.41.10 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly 7/1/2020
2020.07.23 Avalara Excise Content Pre-release - UA Only 7/23/2020
2020.07.30 Avalara Excise Content Release - UA and Prod 7/30/2020
5.41.20 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly 8/3/2020
2020.08.20 Avalara Excise Content Pre-release - UA Only 8/20/2020
2020.08.27 Avalara Excise Content Release - UA and Prod 8/27/2020
5.42.0 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Quarterly 9/1/2020
2020.09.22 Avalara Excise Content Pre-release - UA Only 9/22/2020
2020.09.29 Avalara Excise Content Release - UA and Prod 9/29/2020
5.42.10 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly 10/1/2020
2020.10.22 Avalara Excise Content Pre-release - UA Only 10/22/2020
2020.10.29 Avalara Excise Content Release - UA and Prod 10/29/2020
5.42.20 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly 11/3/2020
2020.11.17 Avalara Excise Content Pre-release - UA Only 11/17/2020
2020.11.24 Avalara Excise Content Release - UA and Prod 11/24/2020
5.43.0 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Quarterly 12/1/2020
2020.12.23 Avalara Excise Content Pre-release - UA Only 12/23/2020
2020.12.30 Avalara Excise Content Release - UA and Prod 12/30/2020
5.43.10 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly 1/4/2021
2021.01.21 Avalara Excise Content Pre-release - UA Only 1/21/2021
2021.01.28 Avalara Excise Content Release - UA and Prod 1/28/2021
5.43.20 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly 2/2/2021
2021.02.18 Avalara Excise Content Pre-release - UA Only 2/18/2021
2021.02.25 Avalara Excise Content Release - UA and Prod 2/25/2021
5.44.0 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Quarterly 3/3/2021
2021.03.23 Avalara Excise Content Pre-release - UA Only 3/23/2021
2021.03.30 Avalara Excise Content Release - UA and Prod 3/30/2021

 

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