Tax office warning on ‘posers’ to keep you safe during tax time
THE Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is warning taxpayers to keep an eye out for people posing as tax agents who are not registered with the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB).
ATO assistant commissioner Karen Foat is concerned by the number of people claiming to be tax agents, often promising refunds that sound too good to be true, or providing discounted services much cheaper than legitimate registered tax agents.
“These unregistered preparers pose a threat to vulnerable taxpayers and risk the reputation of registered tax agents” Ms Foat said.
She said unregistered preparers often use a taxpayer's personal login details to access their ATO Online account through myGov to lodge tax returns.
“A legitimate tax practitioner will never ask for your myGov credentials – they use dedicated ATO online services to lodge returns for their clients,” Ms Foat said.
“To protect yourself and keep your personal information safe, it is important to check with the TPB to see if an agent is registered.
“You can easily check an agent’s registration online at TPB.gov.au.”