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  • Performance benchmarks – previous years

    Note: This information does not apply to the current year. Check the content carefully to ensure it is applicable to your circumstances.

    2015–16 financial year

    These performance benchmarks were developed using information reported on tax returns and activity statements for the 2015–16 year.

    Tax return – key benchmarks for 2015–16

    Key benchmark range

    Annual turnover range

    $65,000 – $200,000

    $200,001 – $600,000

    More than $600,000

    Cost of sales/turnover

    40% – 55%

    46% – 61%

    53% – 69%

    Average cost of sales

    48%

    54%

    61%

    Total expenses/turnover

    66% – 80%

    77% – 88%

    86% – 94%

    Average total expenses

    73%

    83%

    90%

    Activity statement – key benchmarks for 2015–16

    Key benchmark range

    Annual turnover range

    $65,000 – $200,000

    $200,001 – $600,000

    More than $600,000

    Non-capital purchases/
    total sales

    55% – 71%

    60% – 74%

    65% – 78%

    Tax return – other benchmarks for 2015–16

    Benchmark range

    Annual turnover range

    $65,000 – $200,000

    $200,001 – $600,000

    More than $600,000

    Labour/turnover

    15% – 25%

    14% – 25%

    12% – 20%

    Rent/turnover

    8% – 13%

    6% – 9%

    3% – 4%

    Motor vehicle expenses/turnover

    3% – 5%

    2% – 3%

    1% 

    2014–15 financial year

    These performance benchmarks were developed using information reported on tax returns and activity statements for the 2014–15 year.

    Tax return – key benchmarks for 2014–15

    Key benchmark range

    Annual turnover range

    $65,000 – $200,000

    $200,001 – $600,000

    More than $600,000

    Cost of sales/turnover

    44% – 56%

    46% – 60%

    52% – 69%

    Average cost of sales

    50%

    53%

    61%

    Total expenses/turnover

    69% – 83%

    76% – 88%

    86% – 94%

    Average total expenses

    76%

    82%

    90%

    Activity statement – key benchmarks for 2014–15

    Key benchmark range

    Annual turnover range

    $65,000 – $200,000

    $200,001 – $600,000

    More than $600,000

    Non-capital purchases/
    total sales

    57% – 74%

    59% – 72%

    63% – 78%

    Tax return – other benchmarks for 2014–15

    Benchmark range

    Annual turnover range

    $65,000 – $200,000

    $200,001 – $600,000

    More than $600,000

    Labour/turnover

    19% – 27%

    15% – 25%

    12% – 22%

    Rent/turnover

    7% – 13%

    5% – 8%

    2% – 4%

    Motor vehicle expenses/turnover

    3% – 5%

    2% – 3%

    1% – 2%

    2013–14 financial year

    These performance benchmarks were developed using information reported on tax returns and activity statements for the 2013–14 year.

    Tax return – key benchmarks for 2013–14

    Key benchmark range

    Annual turnover range

    $65,000 – $200,000

    $200,001 – $600,000

    More than $600,000

    Cost of sales/turnover

    44% – 56%

    47% – 61%

    54% – 69%

    Average cost of sales

    50%

    54%

    61%

    Total expenses/turnover

    69% – 83%

    76% – 89%

    87% – 94%

    Average total expenses

    76%

    82%

    90%

    Activity statement – key benchmarks for 2013–14

    Key benchmark range

    Annual turnover range

    $65,000 – $200,000

    $200,001 – $600,000

    More than $600,000

    Non-capital purchases/
    total sales

    58% – 73%

    61% – 74%

    64% – 80%

    Tax return – other benchmarks for 2013–14

    Benchmark range

    Annual turnover range

    $65,000 – $200,000

    $200,001 – $600,000

    More than $600,000

    Labour/turnover

    21% – 29%

    15% – 25%

    12% – 22%

    Rent/turnover

    7% – 13%

    5% – 8%

    2% – 4%

    Motor vehicle expenses/turnover

    3% – 6%

    2% – 3%

    1% – 2%

      Last modified: 27 Feb 2019QC 43797