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  • Corporate tax transparency

    The ATO is required by law to publish information reported to us by large corporations. Publishing this data informs public debate about the corporate tax system and helps to:

    • improve awareness
    • increase community confidence that corporations are paying the right amount of tax
    • encourage voluntary compliance.

    Each year, we publish two products on corporate tax transparency:

    • Report of entity tax information – a spreadsheet uploaded to data.gov.au, which contains an alphabetical listing and tax information of Australian public and foreign-owned corporate tax entities and Australian-owned resident private companies that meet the income thresholds, as well as entities that have petroleum resource rent tax (PRRT) payable.
    • Corporate tax transparency report – our contextual analysis of the above data. It provides key insights on the population, trends, losses, nil tax payable and other relevant information.

    Visit data.gov.au to access:

    It is important to understand that some corporations pay no tax and there can be many reasons for this, including business or economic factors. Entities may also form part of an economic group that pays tax.

    Corporations can also publish their own reports through the Voluntary Tax Transparency Code to explain their tax positions in more detail. The code complements Australia’s corporate tax transparency measures which play an important role in increasing community confidence in the tax system. As an administrator, we have access to information on corporations to manage these measures, including detailed annual tax return disclosures and related tax schedules.

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    Last modified: 10 Dec 2021QC 54027