The average Australian family in 2016 paid $1,926 a year in corporate taxes, a figure that rose to $1.3 billion last year.
Photo: Getty Images The rise has been driven by the rise in the cost of living and by a surge in corporate profits.
The average household paid $939.55 in corporate tax in 2016, up from $882.24 in 2015.
That figure was up 5.6 per cent from $897.72 in 2015, the most recent year for which data is available.
But the rise has also been driven in part by the introduction of new taxes, such as the corporate tax hike introduced in 2016.
It is the highest tax rate in Australia, at 26 per cent, and the highest corporate tax rate, at 50 per cent.
In a report for the Australian Council of Trade Unions, the Institute of Public Affairs and the Tax Justice Network, researchers found that “the Valley has the highest rate of corporate taxation in the country, at 25 per cent”.
In 2016, the average corporate tax paid was $1 billion, with the average income tax paid $634.43.
The average Australian household made $7,721 in corporate income tax payments, compared with $7.9 million in the rest of the country.
“The Valley has also emerged as a tax haven for multinationals, who have been allowed to pay lower rates than their Australian counterparts because they do not have to pay tax on the profits they make in Australia,” the authors said.
Tax changes were introduced in the 2016 budget to raise $2.2 billion, and to extend a series of new tax breaks for multinational companies.
They include the $50 million tax credit for small businesses, the $100 million tax exemption for overseas investments and a $500,000 tax credit to Australian companies.
“There is a strong case for reforming corporate tax arrangements, but the changes in the corporate income taxation regime in Australia will have a very significant impact on the economy and on Australians’ ability to live their lives, and our communities,” the report said.
“It is not simply about increasing tax revenue.
It is about improving people’s lives and the economic wellbeing of their communities.”
The report said that despite the rise, there was a lack of clarity on the extent of the changes and the potential for “unintended consequences”.
“In Australia, we are already seeing a rise in tax avoidance.
The latest evidence suggests that more than half of all Australian businesses have used tax avoidance strategies in the last financial year,” the researchers said.”
The introduction of the corporate social responsibility tax measure in the Budget was a step in the right direction, but there are still many questions to be answered before it will deliver on its promise of more fairness and greater accountability.”
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