The ATO collects taxes for the Federal Government. These are all the taxes that apply in Australia other than a short list of taxes levied by each individual State Government.
The ATO web site has comprehensive information for the public - both for individuals and also for businesses.
For information about the different State taxes:
For information about challenging a property valuation: Land Value Review Guide
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The Australian Tax Office supervises the payment of employer contributions of superannuation.
There are significant taxation benefits for superannuation funds and their members - provided that they comply with stringent laws. The ATO also overseas this.
Their web site has information for individuals, employers and superannuation funds.
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