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  • Taxation statistics 2007-08

    A summary of income tax returns for the 2007-08 income year and other reported tax information for the 2008-09 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 ATO's most comprehensive statistical publication.

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

    Taxation statistics 2007-08 complements our Annual Report 2008-09, providing more detailed information about how we administer the tax, superannuation (super), excise and related systems, including details of collections and payments.

    Each year we endeavour to improve Taxation statistics, while at the same time maintaining the level of detail, quality and coverage of topics. Some of the improvements this year include:

    • the addition of statistics on the tax bonus payments
    • estimates of the number of car benefits provided under the statutory formula method
    • the inclusion of pay as you go instalment data in the pay as you go chapter
    • additional information on the different types of deductions that individuals claim
    • super fund income and deductions are now shown by self-managed super funds and APRA managed super funds
    • additional detailed tables on the cost of tax compliance
    • the release of the 2007-08 individual sample file, bringing the total number of sample files available to five - 2003-04 to 2007-08 inclusive.

    Taxation statistics contains an appendix with copies of the annual return forms, relevant schedules and activity statements.

    The electronic version contains links to the relevant return form guides and other explanatory material that set out what information must be reported under each label on the forms, schedules or statements.

    We have also responded to community requests by producing industry benchmark tables at a finer level. We are now publishing the financial and business activity statement ratios to four-digit ANZSIC groups.

    I am confident that these improvements to Taxation statistics will make this publication even more useful and informative.

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

    Michael D'Ascenzo
    Commissioner of Taxation

      Last modified: 24 Mar 2010QC 22511