• Building confidence

    Assuring the integrity of your tax and super systems

    Our Australian way of life is only possible because we have robust tax and super systems. To maintain the continuing health of our tax and super systems it's important that everyone pays their fair share.

    Why pay tax?

    Your taxes directly benefit the Australian community. The money that you pay in tax is used to help all Australians. For example, in 2015-16 tax collected was used to fund health care, provide education, social security and welfare payments, the defence force and other Government-funded services. The money raised from taxes is also used to build and maintain infrastructure such as roads and public facilities.

    All of the money we collect from Goods and Services Taxes (GST) is distributed to each state or territory government to fund services and facilities for the state or territory.

    Where taxpayers’ money is spent (2015-16) - Source: Budget 2015-16External Link

    Budget 2015-16 Pie chart of where taxpayers' money is spent

    Our mission

    We contribute to the economic and social wellbeing of Australians by fostering willing participation in our tax and super systems.

    We are changing the way we work to deliver the best possible experience with the tax and super systems for our clients, our staff and our partners. We do this by:

    • making it easy for people to participate by minimising red tape, as well as making information easier to find and understand to help you get things right
    • providing contemporary and tailored service by keeping pace with technology and working with other government agencies for a simplified and improved experience
    • building purposeful and respectful relationships by giving the right advice at the right time, and letting you know quickly when we notice something isn't right and helping you resolve it
    • fostering confidence in the community by addressing non-compliance and ensuring the tax and super systems are fair for everyone.

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    Last modified: 28 Nov 2016QC 44370