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  • Companies

    Data for this section is taken from processed company tax returns and international dealings schedules, based on income year reporting.

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    Company summary tables and chart

    Table 11: Companies - selected income items, 2016–17 to 2017–18 income years

    Income item

    2016–17

    2017–18

    Companies
    (no.)

    Average
    ($)

    Median
    ($)

    Companies
    (no.)

    Average
    ($)

    Median
    ($)

    Gross interest

    434,049

    389,017

    762

    443,344

    387,877

    604

    Other gross income

    411,719

    939,126

    74,512

    433,848

    838,927

    53,516

    Other sales of goods and services

    379,466

    5,821,396

    349,373

    393,526

    5,939,409

    342,149

    Gross distribution from trusts

    75,550

    559,984

    94,321

    80,096

    503,032

    72,042

    Gross rent and other leasing and hiring income

    70,948

    596,362

    40,598

    72,378

    544,742

    35,360

    Total dividends

    53,800

    898,185

    7,961

    54,629

    1,045,033

    5,977

    Total income

    969,518

    3,034,752

    121,943

    1,012,452

    3,130,652

    125,000

    In this table:

    • Total income components do not add to the total number of taxpayers because taxpayers may declare more than one type of income.
    • Some components of total income are not listed.
    • The count, average and median for total income are calculated including zeros.

    To access this data in Excel format and similar data dating back to the 2001–02 income year, download Snapshot table 4External Link from data.gov.au.

    Table 12: Companies – selected expenses, 2016–17 to 2017–18 income years

    Expense item

    2016–17

    2017–18

    Companies
    (no.)

    Average
    ($)

    Median
    ($)

    Companies
    (no.)

    Average
    ($)

    Median
    ($)

    All other expenses

    873,009

    995,722

    59,868

    911,405

    987,776

    58,309

    Depreciation expenses

    482,927

    204,665

    10,597

    485,756

    213,149

    10,671

    Motor vehicle expenses

    421,586

    31,665

    8,124

    436,310

    32,233

    8,274

    Superannuation expenses

    393,678

    93,557

    16,643

    405,648

    92,855

    16,400

    Interest expenses within Australia

    341,681

    278,819

    3,776

    349,522

    276,416

    3,705

    Repairs and maintenance

    321,229

    72,527

    2,607

    330,078

    75,540

    2,587

    Cost of sales

    314,620

    4,019,434

    164,507

    329,432

    2,913,101

    47,303

    Rent expenses

    296,944

    180,208

    33,345

    308,131

    181,386

    33,660

    Contractor, subcontractor and commission expenses

    187,111

    634,791

    35,856

    195,187

    654,613

    36,883

    Total expenses

    969,518

    2,777,499

    90,774

    1,012,452

    2,815,795

    91,258

    In this table:

    • All other expenses is the label on the tax return.
    • Total expenses components do not add to the total number of taxpayers claiming expenses because taxpayers may claim more than one type of expense.
    • Some components of total expenses are not listed.
    • The count, average and median for total expenses are calculated including zeros.

    To access this data in Excel format and similar data dating back to the 2002–03 income year, download Snapshot table 4External Link from data.gov.au.

    Chart 14: Number of companies and net tax, by size, 2017–18 income year

    Chart 14 shows the distribution of companies and net tax, by company size, for the 2017–18 income year. The Snapshot table 5 link below will take you to the data behind this chart as well as similar data back to the 2009–10 income year.

    For more information, see our definition of Entity size.

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

    Table 13: International dealing, by entity type, 2017–18 income year

    Entity type

    Entities
    (no.)

    Revenue activities

    Expenditure activities

    Activities
    (no.)

    Revenue
    ($m)

    Activities
    (no.)

    Expenditure
    ($m)

    Company

    13,657

    11,260

    85,869

    14,945

    96,225

    Partnership

    263

    151

    1,177

    175

    387

    Trust

    2,616

    346

    1,696

    711

    2,898

    Total

    16,536

    11,757

    88,742

    15,831

    99,510

    To access this data in Excel format and similar data dating back to the 2013–14 income year, download Snapshot table 4External Link from data.gov.au.

    Company detailed tables

    Table indexExternal Link: Detailed tables index

    The table index lists which items are shown in detailed tables and specifies the table they appear in.

    Table 1External Link: Selected items, for income years 1979–80 to 2017–18

    Table 1A shows selected items, for income years 1979–80 to 2017–18.

    Table 1B shows selected counts, averages and medians, for income years 2012–13 to 2017–18.

    Table 2External Link: Selected items, by net tax and company type, 2017–18 income year

    Table 3External Link: Selected items, by taxable status, residency status, company type and taxable or net income, 2010–11 to 2017–18 income years

    Table 3A shows selected items for the 2017–18 income year.

    Table 3B shows selected items for income years 2010–11 to 2017–18.

    Table 4External Link: Selected items, by industry, 2017–18 income year

    Table 4A shows selected items, by broad and fine industry, for the 2017–18 income year.

    Table 4B shows key items by business industry code for the 2017–18 income year.

    Table 5External Link: Key items, by fine industry, 2009–10 to 2017–18 income years

    Table 6External Link: Selected items and financial ratios, by company size, taxable status, profit status and broad industry, 2017–18 income year

    Table 7External Link: Selected items by taxable status, residency status, company type and company size, 2010–11 to 2017–18 income years

    Table 7A shows selected items for the 2017–18 income year.

    Table7B shows selected items for income years 2010–11 to 2017–18.

    Table 8External Link: International dealings: Selected items for income years 2012–13 to 2017–18

    Table 9External Link: International dealings: Revenue and expenditure, 2017–18 income year

    Table 9A shows revenue and expenditure, by country, for the 2017–18 income year.

    Table 9B shows revenue and expenditure, by activity, for the 2017–18 income year.

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