Pre-Filled Personal Income Tax Returns: Evidence from Australia
National Tax Association Proceedings (2010), pp 171-178.
8 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2012
Date Written: August 6, 2012
The principal aim of this paper is to examine the experience of pre-filling in Australia. Section Two provides a background discussion of pre-filling in Australia. Section Three presents a preliminary assessment of the impact of pre-filling and considers a number of proposals that could enhance its performance. Section Four provides some concluding comments. While it is premature to arrive at any definite conclusions about the benefits of pre-filling personal income tax returns, it is nonetheless suggested that, in Australia, pre-filling is capable of reducing (though not significantly) the tax compliance costs of those personal taxpayers who do not use tax agents to complete and submit their annual tax returns and perhaps very marginally reducing the compliance costs of those personal taxpayers who do use tax agents.
Keywords: Australian tax, pre-filling
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