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  • Taxation statistics 2009-10

    A summary of income tax returns for the 2009-10 income year and other reported tax information for the 2010-11 financial year


    Michael D'Ascenzo

    Welcome to the 2012 edition of Taxation statistics.

    Each edition of Taxation statistics is a broad collection of data compiled from income tax returns (in this case for the 2009-10 income year) and other information provided to the ATO such as goods and services tax (GST) annual returns and business activity statements (here, for the 2010-11 financial year)

    It covers taxation (including income tax, GST and fringe benefits tax), excise and fuel schemes, superannuation, the Higher Education Loan Program and payments and transfers through the Australian taxation system. It continues to provide data on the time-based cost of compliance and industry benchmarks in the form of financial and activity statement ratios.

    The aim is to make data available for researchers and the broader community, which will be useful in improving our understanding of Australia's taxation and superannuation systems, as well as our understanding of aspects of the broader environment in which these systems operate.

    As I noted last year, the data in Taxation statistics also adds to our picture of the Australian community - including distribution of taxable income across the country; sources of income; and data about business and work-related expenditure.

    Each year we endeavour to improve Taxation statistics. This year improvements include:

    • statistics on the new first home saver account initiative
    • new statistics on the Higher Education Loan Program and workplace giving programs
    • a more user-friendly format for the chapter tables on our website
    • the addition of new detailed tables in several chapters.

    In addition, to assist more advanced researchers, we can make available a file containing a 1% confidentialised sample of individual tax return information. You can request access to this file through the email address below.

    Lastly, there is also information about changes to tax laws that may have affected the figures in Taxation statistics 2009-10.

    I welcome your suggestions or comments. Email them to

    Michael D'Ascenzo
    Commissioner of Taxation

      Last modified: 01 May 2012QC 25367