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    Welcome to the latest edition of Taxation statistics, the Australian Taxation Office's (ATO) 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 2009-10 presents an overview of:

    • 2010 income tax returns for individuals, companies, super funds, partnerships and trusts
    • payments and transfers made through the income tax system relating to the 2009-10 income year
    • reported liabilities for goods and services tax (GST) and excise, payments for fuel schemes, and fringe benefits tax (FBT) returns for the 2010-11 financial year
    • the super system, capital gains tax, the international tax system, 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
    • the cost of taxation compliance
    • industry income tax and business activity statement performance ratios
    • the 2009-10 individuals sample file.


    For the 2009-10 income year:

    • 14.6 million tax returns were lodged, an increase of 1.0% from 2008-09
    • individual returns represented 84.7% of all tax returns lodged
    • trusts experienced the largest growth in the number of tax returns lodged, with an increase of 6.4% from 2008-09
    • the proportion of individuals lodging tax returns using e-tax increased to 19.0%.
      Last modified: 01 May 2012QC 25367