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    Welcome to the latest edition of Taxation statistics, the Australian Taxation Office's (ATO's) most comprehensive statistical publication.

    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 administer the tax, excise and superannuation (super) 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 custodians of the Australian Business Register and the regulator of self-managed super funds.

    Taxation statistics 2008-09 presents an overview of:

    • 2009 income tax returns for individuals, companies, super funds, partnerships and trusts
    • payments and transfers made through the income tax system relating to the 2008-09 income year
    • reported liabilities for goods and services tax (GST) and excise, payments for fuel schemes, and fringe benefits tax (FBT) returns for the 2009-10 financial year
    • the super system, capital gains tax, the international tax system and charities and deductible gifts
    • debts and repayments relating to the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
    • pay as you go withholding (PAYGW) and instalments (PAYGI) liabilities reported by entities
    • the cost of tax compliance based on the reported time taken to prepare and lodge return forms and activity statements by individuals and businesses
    • industry income tax and business activity statement performance ratios
    • the 2008-09 individuals sample file.



    For the 2008-09 income year:

    • 14.4 million returns were lodged, a decrease of 2.4% from 2007-08
    • individual returns represented 84.9% of all returns lodged
    • self-managed super funds experienced the largest growth in the number of returns lodged, with an increase of 6.8% from 2007-08
    • the proportion of individuals lodging returns using e-tax increased to 18.8%.

    For the 2009-10 financial year:

    • 0.7% fewer fringe benefits tax returns were lodged than in 2008-09.
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