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Releases and Holidays

This article applies to:Excise

 

Excise release dates, what's included, what versions 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: 2021-01-12

Supported versions

Avalara updates our excise software monthly to keep up with the jurisdictions changes. If you use the optional Schedule Transactions Importer application, be sure to use the current or 2 previous minor releases. For example, when 5.43 is current, 5.42 and 5.41 are also supported - older releases are not. 

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 releases

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 releases

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

Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release (Sandbox only)

Avalara Excise Content
Release (Prod 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 PM Central time (USA)
  • No outage unless a special notice is sent
  • 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 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. 

Version: 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 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 releases

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 2021
New Year's Day Friday, January 1
Memorial Day Monday, May 31
Independence Day Monday, July 5 (observed)
Labor Day Monday, September 6
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 25
Day after Thanksgiving Friday, November 26
Christmas Eve  Friday, December 24
Christmas Day  Monday, December 27 (observed)

 

Release schedule

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

  • Updates are unscheduled, late-breaking releases.
  • All users can download new Release Highlights from the Avalara Excise Platform under Admin > Support Downloads. See Support Downloads for details. 
  • Prod = the Production site and SBX = the Sandbox site

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

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

  • You must install version 5.41.0 of the Avalara Excise platform before installing any higher version.
  • 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 5.41 is current, 5.40 and 5.39 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.

 

Version Title Site Date Window
5.42.20 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly Prod & SBX 11/3/2020 9:00 pm - Midnight Central
2020.11.17 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release SBX only 11/17/2020 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
2020.11.24 Avalara Excise Content Release Prod & SBX 11/24/2020 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
5.43.0 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Quarterly Prod & SBX 12/1/2020 9:00 pm - Midnight Central
2020.12.23 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release SBX only 12/23/2020 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
2020.12.30 Avalara Excise Content Release Prod & SBX 12/30/2020 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
5.43.10 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly Prod & SBX 1/4/2021 9:00 pm - Midnight Central
2021.01.21 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release SBX only 1/21/2021 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
2021.01.28 Avalara Excise Content Release Prod & SBX 1/28/2021 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
5.43.20 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly Prod & SBX 2/2/2021 9:00 pm - Midnight Central
2021.02.18 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release SBX only 2/18/2021 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
2021.02.25 Avalara Excise Content Release Prod & SBX 2/25/2021 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
5.44.0 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Quarterly Prod & SBX 3/3/2021 9:00 pm - Midnight Central
2021.03.23 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release SBX only 3/23/2021 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
2021.03.30 Avalara Excise Content Release Prod & SBX 3/30/2021 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
5.44.10 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly Prod & SBX 4/1/2021 9:00 pm - Midnight Central
2021.04.22 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release SBX only 4/22/2021 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
2021.04.29 Avalara Excise Content Release Prod & SBX 4/29/2021 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
5.44.20 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly Prod & SBX 5/3/2021 9:00 pm - Midnight Central
2021.05.20 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release SBX only 5/20/2021 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
2021.05.27 Avalara Excise Content Release Prod & SBX 5/27/2021 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
5.45.0 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Quarterly Prod & SBX 6/1/2021 9:00 pm - Midnight Central
2021.06.22 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release SBX only 6/22/2021 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
2021.06.29 Avalara Excise Content Release Prod & SBX 6/29/2021 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
5.45.10 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly Prod & SBX 7/1/2021 9:00 pm - Midnight Central
2021.07.22 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release SBX only 7/22/2021 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
2021.07.29 Avalara Excise Content Release Prod & SBX 7/29/2021 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
5.45.20 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly Prod & SBX 8/3/2021 9:00 pm - Midnight Central
2021.08.23 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release SBX only 8/23/2021 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
2021.08.30 Avalara Excise Content Release Prod & SBX 8/30/2021 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
5.46.0 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Quarterly Prod & SBX 9/1/2021 9:00 pm - Midnight Central
2021.09.22 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release SBX only 9/22/2021 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
2021.09.29 Avalara Excise Content Release Prod & SBX 9/29/2021 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
5.46.10 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly Prod & SBX 10/4/2021 9:00 pm - Midnight Central
2021.10.21 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release SBX only 10/21/2021 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
2021.10.28 Avalara Excise Content Release Prod & SBX 10/28/2021 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
5.46.20 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly Prod & SBX 11/2/2021 9:00 pm - Midnight Central
2021.11.22 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release SBX only 11/22/2021 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
2021.11.29 Avalara Excise Content Release Prod & SBX 11/29/2021 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
5.47.0 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Quarterly Prod & SBX 12/1/2021 9:00 pm - Midnight Central
2021.12.22 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release SBX only 12/22/2021 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
2021.12.29 Avalara Excise Content Release Prod & SBX 12/29/2021 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
5.47.10 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly Prod & SBX 1/4/2022 9:00 pm - Midnight Central
2022.01.20 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release SBX only 1/20/2022 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
2022.01.27 Avalara Excise Content Release Prod & SBX 1/27/2022 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
5.47.20 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Monthly Prod & SBX 2/1/2022 9:00 pm - Midnight Central
2022.02.17 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release SBX only 2/17/2022 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
2022.02.24 Avalara Excise Content Release Prod & SBX 2/24/2022 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
5.48.0 Avalara Excise Platform Release - Quarterly Prod & SBX 3/1/2022 9:00 pm - Midnight Central
2022.03.23 Avalara Excise Content Pre-Release SBX only 3/23/2022 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central
2022.03.30 Avalara Excise Content Release Prod & SBX 3/30/2022 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central

 

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