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Tax is money charged by a government on items such as wages or goods and services, to provide money for government services. Taxes are paid by people and businesses in Australia and include:
The Australian Government uses this tax money to pay for running the country, such as Australia’s defence force, national parks, pension payments and interstate railways.
Each year the Australian Government details how it plans to collect taxes and spend tax money in a set of documents called the Budget. The Budget details:
The Budget documents are prepared by the Treasury Department and presented to the Australian Parliament by the Treasurer. They begin the process early each year. The Treasurer works with other ministers to develop spending policies for each government department.