Watch out for tax scams

16 Dec    Posts

Watch out for tax scams

Large numbers of scammers have been trying to trick people with fake tax debt scams recently.

These scammers will tell you that you have a tax debt and if you don’t pay it straight away, you’ll be arrested.

If you receive a phone call or message like this, don’t respond.

The ATO will never:

  • threaten you with immediate arrest, jail or deportation
  • request payment of a debt via iTunes, Google Play gift cards or other vouchers
  • insist you stay on the phone until you pay
  • prevent you from discussing your tax affairs with your agent or adviser.

If you’re ever unsure if a contact is really from the ATO, hang up and call the ATO on 1800 008 540 to check.