Updated November 12th 2013

The ATO has recently released new industry benchmarks for a range of industries. The tax office gathers these statistics based on all tax returns lodged for a particular industry classification.

By developing benchmarks for small business industries, it helps the ATO to identify dishonest operators who are outside the benchmarks and make the tax system fairer for all taxpayers. If your business falls outside industry benchmarks, you may be requested to provide an explanation.

To see how your business compares with the ATO bench-marks, please refer to ATO website and search ‘Small Business Benchmarks’.