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  • Taxation Statistics 2004-05

    A summary of income tax returns for the 2004-05 income year and other reported tax information for the 2005-06 financial year




    This information may not apply to the current year. Check the content carefully to ensure it is applicable to your circumstances.

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    Welcome to the latest edition of Taxation Statistics - the Tax Office's most comprehensive statistical publication.

    This publication informs the community about what taxpayers have been reporting to the Tax Office. It is a valuable resource, particularly for academics, researchers, scrutineers and the media. Importantly, it reflects an open and accountable tax administration.

    It complements the Annual Report, which provides information about the Tax Office's administration of the tax, superannuation, excise and related systems, including details of collections and payments.

    This year Taxation Statistics has been substantially improved to make it more useful and relevant and easier to read. Some of the improvements include:

    • adding two-year time series tables to allow clear comparisons with the statistics from last year,
    • adding tables on e-tax lodgment, rental income and deductions, in response to requests from the community. There is also a new detailed table showing total work-related expenses, by salary and wage occupation codes,
    • adding a new chapter outlining the payments and transfers made through the tax system, including statistics on the first child tax offset, family tax benefit, private health insurance rebate, research and development tax offset and the film and television tax offset. This chapter highlights the Tax Office's role as a major payer of Australian Government benefits, and;
    • moving more of the detailed statistics to the detailed tables, which are best accessed through our website.

    We have not reduced the amount of detail provided in the publication, except in a very limited number of cases where we found that the postcode used by businesses is often not a good indicator of where a business is being conducted.

    As always, Taxation Statistics contains an appendix with copies of the annual return forms, relevant schedules and activity statements. We are moving progressively towards more comprehensive web publication. This year the electronic version of this publication contains links to the relevant return form guides and other explanatory matter that set out what information must be reported under each label on the forms, schedules or statements.

    Your suggestions and comments would be most welcome and can be emailed to

    Michael D'Ascenzo
    Commissioner of Taxation

      Last modified: 04 May 2007QC 19130