ATO’s taxation statistics for 2020–21

3 Jul, 2023

The ATO recently released its Taxation statistics 2020–21. This annual publication shows statistics from lodged tax returns and schedules for the relevant income year.

The publication covers:

  • individuals
  • companies
  • superannuation funds
  • partnerships
  • trusts
  • industry benchmarks.

The publication also covers the 2021–22 year relating to GST, FBT and excise and fuel schemes.

This article presents a selection of the statistics available in relation to individuals.


Lodgment trends

For 2020–21, 63.7 per cent of individual tax returns were lodged by an agent, 35.8 per cent were lodged through myTax and 0.6 per cent were by other means of self-lodgment.

Chart 4: Individuals — top 10 postcodes, by average taxable income

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Chart 5: individuals — top 10 occupations, by average taxable income

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Table 5: Individuals — Selected income items, 2019–20 to 2020–21 income years
(A selection of items only — refer to ATO statistics for the full list of income items)

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Table 6: Individuals — Selected deductions, 2019–20 to 2020–21 income years
(A selection of items only — refer to ATO statistics for the full list of deduction items)

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Chart 10: Individuals — rental income and deductions, 2016–17 to 2020–21 income years

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Chart 12: Individuals — median superannuation balance, by age and sex, 2020–21 financial year

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Other statistics

Other 2020–21 statistics can be found at the following links:


Superannuation funds



Industry benchmarks


Excise and fuel schemes


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