ATO warn­ing to watch out for tax scams

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Chronicle -

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.

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