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  • Cost of tax compliance

    Data in this section is taken from processed tax returns based on income year reporting.

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    Cost of tax compliance summary table and chart

    Chart 18: Average time to complete tax return, 2012–13 to 2016–17 income years

    Chart 18 shows the average time taken to complete the income tax return form for individuals, companies, super funds, partnerships and trusts for the last 5 income years. The link below will take you to the data behind this chart as well as similar data back to the 2009–10 income year.

    In this chart Individuals only includes those who completed the business and professional items section.

    To access the data for this chart, as well as similar data back to the 2009–10 income year, download Snapshot table 5External Link from data.gov.au.

    Table 22: Cost of managing tax affairs for individuals, 2014–15 to 2016–17 income years

     

    2014–15

    2015–16

    2016–17

    Number of individuals

    6,202,558

    6,087,224

    6,102,730

    Total cost of managing tax affairs ($m)

    2,344

    2,256

    2,286

    Average cost of managing tax affairs ($)

    378

    371

    375

    Median cost of managing tax affairs ($)

    165

    170

    171

    In this table Cost of managing tax affairs includes expenses you incurred in managing your tax affairs, any interest charge we imposed on you, and other costs. It will not include any amounts individuals may have claimed for the cost of managing tax affairs under a different label. For more information, see Individual tax return instructions.

    To access this data in Excel format, as well as similar data back to the 2005–06 income year, download Snapshot table 4External Link from data.gov.au.

    Cost of tax compliance detailed tables

    Table 1External Link: Cost of taxation compliance data, by form type, 1998–99 to 2017–18 years

    Table 2External Link: Tax return form time-box data, by entity type, lodgment method and total business income, 2016–17 income year

    Table 3External Link: Fringe benefits tax (FBT) and business activity statement (BAS) forms time-box data, by market segment, 2016–17 and 2017–18 FBT and financial years

      Last modified: 29 Mar 2019QC 58065