Taxpayers to get summaries with bar graphs to explain cuts

AS THE Abbott government continues to struggle to sell cuts in its first budget, Treasurer Joe Hockey will send marketing material to 10 million taxpayers to help explain.

Mr Hockey will send one-page summaries to, he said, "improve tax transparency" to taxpayers across the nation.

The summaries, based on how much each person pays in tax, features bar graphs showing the proportion of government spending on health, education, welfare and other portfolios.

But the "tax receipts" have also been promoted to local electorates by backbench MPs, as the government struggles to get wider support for the budget and lags in the polls.

Unusually, Mr Hockey said the receipt would "also show the level of gross government debt" and "how much of your tax was spent on the debt interest bill".

The rising debt argument has also been regularly used in Question Time in parliament to bolster the government's plans to improve the budget, to heated criticism from the Opposition.

Taxpayers can now begin lodging their 2013-14 returns with the Australian Tax Office.