• The ATO's glossary of common tax and superannuation terms available in 32 languages

    This glossary of terms is the ATO's translation of over 300 common tax and superannuation terms used in the Australian tax and superannuation systems. It includes the English term and the translation of the term in 32 languages.

    What is it for?

    This glossary aims to help people from non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB) understand common tax and superannuation terms used in the Australian system.

    This glossary will also help with the consistency of ATO translated products. We produce a lot of translated material for NESB taxpayers. Each time we translate a product, the key tax and superannuation terms in it will be translated using this glossary, so you will see the same familiar terms in all our in-language products.

    Who is it for?

    Everyone can benefit from this glossary. It includes a range of key tax terms, so it can help you if you are doing your individual or business tax, or if you are a NESB intermediary or tax practitioner.

    You can use it yourself or to help someone else. For example, if you are a registered tax agent with NESB clients, you can use this glossary to help your clients better understand their taxes through using agreed translations of terms.

    We've sent these glossaries to our translation providers as well as our ATO language staff so that they can use them when they communicate with people from NESB communities.

    How was it developed?

    We chose common tax and superannuation terms that are used often in our publications.

    We consulted professional translators and ATO's language staff from each language group to agree on the translation of each term. We'll be using these translated terms in all future in-language publications and communications. This will mean consistency across all our in-language material and make it easier for you to understand these terms.

    Languages available

    The glossary is available in 32 languages (Amharic, Arabic, Assyrian, Bangladeshi, Burmese, Chinese, Croatian, Dari, Dinka, Farsi, Filipino, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Korean, Macedonian, Nepali, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese).


    Further information

    These are the most common terms used within the ATO. There may be other interpretations of the meaning of these terms. For suggestions or improvements, email diversity@ato.gov.au

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    • Last modified: 23 Nov 2013QC 26877