Advances are transactions that involve disbursing money to be used for ITA business, or returned at a later date.
Funds made available to another party. In the case of a loan, it's the disbursement of funds under a note. In tax parlance it often means something between a formalized loan and equity. For example, a shareholder puts money into a corporation with the intention of being paid back shortly.
Disbursements of loan funds based on appraised value, purchase price, or cost to construct real property.