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  • Taxation statistics 2008-09: 100 people

    Twelve point three million people sent their tax returns to us in the 2009 income year.

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    In 100 people we represent the millions of tax returns as an animation of 100 people.

     

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    Twelve point three million people sent their tax returns to us in the 2009 income year.

    Below we represent the millions of tax returns we received as 100 people.

    We received 52 from males and 48 from females.

    People sent returns to us from all over Australia:

    • 32 from New South Wales
    • 25 from Victoria
    • 20 from Queensland
    • 11 from Western Australia
    • 7 from South Australia
    • 2 from Tasmania
    • 2 from the Australian Capital Territory
    • 1 from the Northern Territory.

    We received tax returns from five different generations:

    • 6 from generation Z
    • 21 from generation Y
    • 33 from generation X
    • 30 from baby boomers
    • 10 from seniors.

    People lodged their tax returns in different ways:

    • 71 through a tax agent
    • 19 using e-tax
    • 10 by paper.

    We received tax returns from people in all sorts of occupations:

    • 24 were blue collar workers
    • 38 were white collar workers
    • 14 came from the service sector
    • 24 didn't specify their occupation or had no occupation.

    Thirty eight people donated to charities and then claimed deductions.

    Four people declared capital gains.

    Sixty five claimed work-related expenses, of these:

    • 27 claimed under $500
    • 11 claimed between $500 and $1,000
    • 27 claimed over $1,000.

    Four salary-packaged a car.

    After we assessed the tax returns:

    • 84 people received a refund
    • 12 people owed tax
    • 4 balanced perfectly.

    Ten people received the government superannuation co-contribution.

    Eight people operated a business in their own name

    • 2 made a loss
    • 6 made a profit.

    Below we show the proportion of all net tax paid when we ranked our 100 people by their taxable incomes.

    • People with the top three taxable incomes paid 31% of all net tax.
    • The next six paid 18% of all net tax.
    • The next 31 paid 41% of all net tax.
    • The next 35 paid 10% of all net tax.
    • The last 25 didn't pay any tax.

    More information

    You can find more detailed information in Taxation statistics 2008-09.

      Last modified: 27 May 2011QC 27282