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The data include customers who filed tax returns for a specific tax year regardless of when their return was actually filed. For example, a customer who filed an income tax return for the 2007 tax year in February 2009 will be assigned to the tax year 2007, not 2009.

The data for these statistics is available for download from the links at the bottom of the page.

Graph of customers by return types (Company taxes and GST)

The chart has six lines plotting the number of customers who filed GST101, IR4, IR6, IR4J, IR7 and IR420 returns between 2007 and 2016 

The chart has six lines plotting the number of customers who filed GST101, IR4, IR6, IR4J, IR7 and IR420 returns between 2007 and 2016.

From 2007 to 2016, the following trends were evident:

  • GST filers dropped 3% (from 652,033 to 633,166)
  • IR4 filers rose 1% (from 367,592 to 369,504)
  • IR6 filers rose 4% (from 239,222 to 248,655)
  • IR4J filers rose 18% (from 272,437 to 321,384)
  • IR7 filers rose 6% (from 137,840 to 145,973)
  • FBT (IR420) filers dropped 31% (from 22,725 to 15,773).

Graph of customers by return types (Businesses and Individuals)

The chart has six lines plotting the number of customers who filed IR3, PTS, IR526, FS1, IR345 and IR348 returns between 2007 and 2016. Note that IR345 and IR348 are filed by employers on behalf of employees 

The chart has six lines plotting the number of customers who filed IR3, PTS, IR526, FS1, IR345 and IR348 returns between 2007 and 2016. Note that IR345 and IR348 are filed by employers on behalf of employees.

From 2007 to 2016, the following trends were evident:

  • IR3 filers dropped 0.3% (from 1,122,475 to 1,119,129)
  • PTS filers rose 24% (from 884,728 to 1,101,482)
  • IR526 rebate claimants dropped 16% (from 431,011 to 362,227)
  • FS1 filers rose 5% (from 386,566 to 404,317)
  • IR345 filers (employer deduction form) dropped 1% (from 206,782 to 204,276)
  • IR348 (employer monthly schedule) filers dropped 3% (from 209,617 to 203,728)

Changes in the 2012 partnership and company numbers

The increase in the number of customers filing partnership returns (IR7) and the corresponding decrease in the number of customers filing companies returns (IR4) may be due to the:

  • rules changing for qualifying companies (QC) and loss attributing qualifying companies (LAQCs), and
  • introduction of the new entity type, look-through company (LTC) now required to file an IR7.