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    This chapter presents an overview of Taxation statistics by reporting some of the main statistics discussed in chapters 2-6 and 8-14.

    Australian law requires that people pay taxes and other charges to fund a range of programs and community services. The role of the ATO is to manage and shape tax, excise and superannuation systems that fund services for Australians. The ATO is the Australian Government's principal revenue collection agency and a major payer of benefits. We are also the custodian of the Australian Business Register and the regulator of self-managed superannuation funds.


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    For the 2006-07 income year:

    • 13.9 million returns were lodged, an increase of 2.9% from 2005-06
    • individual returns represented 84.9% of all returns lodged
    • superannuation funds experienced the largest growth in the number of returns lodged, with an increase of 12.6% from 2005-06, and
    • proportion of individuals lodging returns using e-tax increased to 15.8%
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