ATO warning to watch out for tax scams
THE Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is warning taxpayers to be on high alert for tax-related scams.
Assistant commissioner Kath Anderson said most Australian taxpayers expect some form of interaction with the ATO during tax time, and scammers take advantage of it to gain money and personal information from victims.
The ATO regularly sends emails and SMSs and make a lot of phone calls, according to Ms Anderson, but there are some tell-tale signs that it isn’t the ATO, including that the ATO will not use aggressive or rude behaviour, or threaten you with arrest, jail or deportation, request a fee in order to release a refund owed to you or email or SMS you asking you to click on a link to provide personal or financial information or download a file or open an attachment.
If you feel you’re at risk of being scammed, contact the ATO scams line on 1800 008 540, for further information gotowww. stay smart online. gov.au/taxtime18 or take the scams quiz at https://lets-talk. ato.gov.au/ScamQuiz.