Be­ware of fake tax agents: ATO

The Western Star - - News -

FAKE tax agents are on the ATO radar this tax time and it warns Aussies to keep an eye out for peo­ple pre­tend­ing to be tax agents, or of­fer­ing re­funds that sound too good to be true.

“We see too many in­stances where peo­ple have un­wit­tingly used an un­reg­is­tered pre­parer, which has re­sulted in a sig­nif­i­cant tax debt and loss of money, or in­stances where fraud­u­lent claims are lodged in their name with­out their knowl­edge,” ATO as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner Karen Foat said.

Only regis­tered tax agents can charge a fee to pre­pare a re­turn and tax­pay­ers can check if their tax agent is regis­tered by vis­it­ing tpb.gov.au.

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