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Releases and Holidays

This article applies to:Excise

 

Excise release dates, what's included, what release numbers mean, how to find notices and more about Excise releases. Avalara observed holidays are also included.

This site is only for Avalara customers licensed for Returns Excise, AvaTax Excise and Government. 
Documentation of operation, usage and release dates is confidential and proprietary information of Avalara.
Content last updated: 2022-12-02.

Supported releases

  • Avalara Excise software is updated monthly to keep up with tax authority and security changes, plus enhancements.
  • If you use the optional Schedule Transactions Importer application, the current or 2 previous minor releases are typically supported, e.g. when 5.45 is current, 5.44 and 5.43 are also supported - older releases are not. Self-hostedHoverTT.png customers only: This applies to all release types.
  • All users can download release highlights.

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 release 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 p.m. and Midnight Central time (USA)

Downtime is rare but possible.

A special notice will be sent if downtime is planned.

  • 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 releases

Release: 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 p.m. and Midnight Central time (USA) 

Downtime is rare but possible.

A special notice will be sent if downtime is planned.

  • 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 releases

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

Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release (Sandbox only)

Avalara Excise Content Release (Production and Sandbox)
AvaTax Excise and Returns Excise

Government only 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 SBX (Sandbox) site only
  • A business day 
  • Normal office hours the next day
  • Between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. Central time (USA)

Downtime is very rare but possible.

A special notice will be sent if downtime is planned.

The Content Pre-Release in the Sandbox (SBX) site only:

  • Allows AvaTax Excise customers to test the content (core rates, profiles, and scenarios) for one week before the Content Release
  • Is applied only to the Sandbox (SBX) site at https://excisesbx.avalara.com.
  • Includes content that was:
    • Updated since the previous Platform release
    • Announced by a jurisdiction several business days prior to the release
  • The Content Release in the Production (PRD) and Sandbox (SBX) sites:
    • 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 release, and late changes if needed, are included in the next platform release. 

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

Hot Fix Determined by need Date and time are determined by need.


Downtime is rare but possible.

A special notice will be sent if downtime is planned.

Feature specific changes to the monthly and quarterly software releases. These changes:
  • Impact SaaS and Self-HostedHoverTT.png customers
  • Are either high value or time sensitive
  • Can be either bugs or enhancements
  • Downtime for the application of the release is reserved during the application time frame, but frequently there is not down time for this release.  A special notice will be sent when there is a known scheduled outage.

Hot Fixes will be announced with Release Highlights available to download. 
The release number shown on each site page may or may not change, depending on the type of change(s).

Spot Fix Determined by need Date and time are determined by need.


Downtime is rare but possible.

A special notice will be sent if downtime is planned.

Feature specific changes to the monthly and quarterly software releases. These changes:
  • Impact SaaS customers only
  • Are either high value or time sensitive
  • Are limited to bugs or enhancements
  • Often only need database scripts

Spot Fixes will be announced with Release Highlights available to download.
The release number shown on each site page may or may not change, depending on the type of change(s).

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

Release Notices

Scheduled releases

Support Contacts and IT Contacts are sent one email with dates & window (time) of the upcoming month's:

  • Content Pre-Release to SBX
  • Content Pre-Release to PRD and SBX
  • Platform Release to PRD and SBX

All users will see release announcements in the Message Center when you first sign in, plus other messages. 

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Holidays

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

2022

Date Day Holiday
New Year's Day 2022 (observed) Friday December 31, 2021
Memorial Day Monday May 30, 2022
Independence Day Monday July 4, 2022
Labor Day Monday September 5, 2022
Thanksgiving Day Thursday November 24, 2022
Day after Thanksgiving Friday November 25, 2022
Christmas Eve Day (observed) Friday December 23, 2022
Christmas Day (observed) Monday December 26, 2022

2023

Date Day Holiday
New Year's Day (observed) Monday January 2, 2023
Memorial Day Monday May 29, 2023
Independence Day Tuesday July 4, 2023
Labor Day Monday September 4, 2023
Thanksgiving Day Thursday November 23, 2023
Day after Thanksgiving Friday November 24, 2023
Christmas Day Monday December 25, 2023
Day after Christmas Tuesday December 26, 2023

 

Current and upcoming release dates

The Avalara Excise Platform supports Avalara's Returns Excise, AvaTax Excise and Government products. In the table below,

Must-read information for Self-hostedHoverTT.png customers only

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

Be sure to keep current with supported releases from Avalara, Microsoft and browsers.

  • Avalara software - We support the current and 2 previous minor releases, e.g. if 5.44 is current, 5.43 and 5.42 are also supported - older releases are not.
  • Microsoft software (Windows Server and SQL Server)- 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.
  • Support Contacts and IT Contacts can get Avalara Excise releases and related files as described in downloads
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 Release number. e.g. 5.44.10.0
5.xx.yy * Release Highlights.docx Highlights of changes in this release, one for affected each license type Release number. e.g. 5.44.10.0
ScheduleTransactionImporter_*_Setup.exe (Optional) Avalara standalone program for importing excise data. Release number. e.g. 5.44.0.0

 

Release Title Site Date Window
2022.09.22 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release Sandbox site only 9/22/2022 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
2022.09.29 Avalara Excise Content Release Production & Sandbox sites 9/29/2022 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
5.50.10 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly Production & Sandbox sites 10/3/2022 9:00 p.m. - Midnight CT
5.50.11 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Hot Fix Production & Sandbox sites 10/12/2002 2:45 p.m. CT
2022.10.20 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release Sandbox site only 10/20/2022 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
2022.10.27 Avalara Excise Content Release Production & Sandbox sites 10/27/2022 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
5.50.20 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly Production & Sandbox sites 11/1/2022 9:00 p.m. - Midnight CT
2022.11.22 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release Sandbox site only 11/22/2022 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
2022.11.29 Avalara Excise Content Release Production & Sandbox sites 11/29/2022 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
5.51.0 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Quarterly Production & Sandbox sites 12/1/2022 9:00 p.m. - Midnight CT
2022.12.21 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release Sandbox site only 12/21/2022 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
2022.12.28 Avalara Excise Content Release Production & Sandbox sites 12/28/2022 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
5.51.10 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly Production & Sandbox sites 1/4/2023 9:00 p.m. - Midnight CT
2023.01.23 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release Sandbox site only 1/23/2023 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
2023.01.30 Avalara Excise Content Release Production & Sandbox sites 1/30/2023 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
5.51.20 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly Production & Sandbox sites 2/1/2023 9:00 p.m. - Midnight CT
2023.02.20 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release Sandbox site only 2/20/2023 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
2023.02.27 Avalara Excise Content Release Production & Sandbox sites 2/27/2023 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
5.52.0 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Quarterly Production & Sandbox sites 3/1/2023 9:00 p.m. - Midnight CT
2023.03.23 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release Sandbox site only 3/23/2023 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
2023.03.30 Avalara Excise Content Release Production & Sandbox sites 3/30/2023 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
5.52.10 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly Production & Sandbox sites 4/3/2023 9:00 p.m. - Midnight CT
2023.04.20 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release Sandbox site only 4/20/2023 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
2023.04.27 Avalara Excise Content Release Production & Sandbox sites 4/27/2023 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
5.52.20 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly Production & Sandbox sites 5/2/2023 9:00 p.m. - Midnight CT
2023.05.23 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release Sandbox site only 5/23/2023 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
2023.05.30 Avalara Excise Content Release Production & Sandbox sites 5/30/2023 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
5.53.0 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Quarterly Production & Sandbox sites 6/1/2023 9:00 p.m. - Midnight CT
2023.06.22 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release Sandbox site only 6/22/2023 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
2023.06.29 Avalara Excise Content Release Production & Sandbox sites 6/29/2023 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
5.53.10 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly Production & Sandbox sites 7/5/2023 9:00 p.m. - Midnight CT
2023.07.20 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release Sandbox site only 7/20/2023 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
2023.07.27 Avalara Excise Content Release Production & Sandbox sites 7/27/2023 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
5.53.20 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly Production & Sandbox sites 8/1/2023 9:00 p.m. - Midnight CT
2023.08.23 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release Sandbox site only 8/23/2023 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
2023.08.30 Avalara Excise Content Release Production & Sandbox sites 8/30/2023 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
5.54.0 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Quarterly Production & Sandbox sites 9/5/2023 9:00 p.m. - Midnight CT
2023.09.21 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release Sandbox site only 9/21/2023 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
2023.08.28 Avalara Excise Content Release Production & Sandbox sites 9/28/2023 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
5.54.10 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly Production & Sandbox sites 10/3/2023 9:00 p.m. - Midnight CT
2023.10.23 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release Sandbox site only 10/23/2023 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
2023.10.30 Avalara Excise Content Release Production & Sandbox sites 10/30/2023 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
5.54.20 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly Production & Sandbox sites 11/1/2023 9:00 p.m. - Midnight CT
2023.11.21 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release Sandbox site only 11/21/2023 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
2023.11.29 Avalara Excise Content Release Production & Sandbox sites 11/29/2023 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
5.55.0 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Quarterly Production & Sandbox sites 12/4/2023 9:00 p.m. - Midnight CT
2023.12.20 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release Sandbox site only 12/20/2023 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
2023.12.28 Avalara Excise Content Release Production & Sandbox sites 12/28/2023 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
5.55.10 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly Production & Sandbox sites 1/3/2024 9:00 p.m. - Midnight CT
2024.01.23 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release Sandbox site only 1/23/2024 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
2024.01.30 Avalara Excise Content Release Production & Sandbox sites 1/30/2024 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
5.55.20 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly Production & Sandbox sites 2/1/2024 9:00 p.m. - Midnight CT
2024.02.21 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release Sandbox site only 2/21/2024 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
2024.02.28 Avalara Excise Content Release Production & Sandbox sites 2/28/2024 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
5.56.0 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Quarterly Production & Sandbox sites 3/4/2024 9:00 p.m. - Midnight CT
2024.03.21 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release Sandbox site only 3/21/2024 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT
2024.03.28 Avalara Excise Content Release Production & Sandbox sites 3/28/2024 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CT

 

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