Corporate tax take at five-year low: ATO

The ATO blamed the drop on a decline in commodity prices, among other factors.

As the Turnbull government seeks parliamentary banking for its $50 billion, 10-year company tax cut plan, new figures show business tax collections at their lowest in five years.

The Australian Taxation Office’s annual report shows companies paid $62.6bn in income tax in fiscal 2016, compared with $66.9bn in the previous year, and the lowest amount since fiscal 2011.

The ATO blamed the drop on a decline in commodity prices, which flowed through to weak growth in company profits and capital gains. Meanwhile the government’s small business package and lower collections from bringing forward the monthly pay-as-you-go instalment measure also weighed on company tax collections, it said.

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