Tax of­fice warn­ing on ‘posers’ to keep you safe dur­ing tax time

Mansfield Courier - - Opinions/People -

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.”

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