• Taxation statistics 2006-07

    A summary of income tax returns for the 2006-07 income year and other reported tax information for the 2007-08 financial year

    Preface

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    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 2006-07 complements our Annual Report 2007-08, providing more detailed information about how we administer the tax, superannuation, excise and related systems, including details of collections and payments.

    Each year we endeavour to improve Taxation statistics to make it more relevant and easier to read. Some of the improvements this year include:

    • a new chapter on the costs of compliance
    • a new chapter on pay as you go withholding
    • more detailed HELP/HECS tables in the personal tax chapter
    • detail on the reasons individuals provide when varying income tax withholding
    • added details on beer strength and container size in the chapter on excise
    • prescribed private fund data in the chapter on charities
    • updated 10-year time series data, and in some cases an increase in the number of years to 15.

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

    We are continuing our transition to a more comprehensive web publication - this year we have moved more of the statistics to the detailed tables, which are best accessed through our website.

    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 releasing a 1% individual unit record sample file, which will allow researchers to conduct more detailed analysis using de-identified personal tax information. Further information on how to access the file is available in the individual sample file chapter.

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

    Your suggestions and comments would be most welcomed and can be emailed to taxstats@ato.gov.au

    Michael D'Ascenzo
    Commissioner of Taxation

      Last modified: 18 Mar 2009QC 21490