Last week, a local court has sentenced a 33-year old Sydney man after pretending to be a tax agent and charging several people a fee to lodge their tax returns, only to then steal their refunds.

The fake tax agent pretended to be a genuine tax agent to more than 1,000 people, charging $100 for his services and using their myGov login details to submit income tax returns on their behalf. He also stole $12,866.62 worth of refunds by having them directed to his personal account.

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Make sure you are lodging your tax returns using a real tax agent who is registered with the Tax Practitioners Board Australia. You can check if their tax practitioner is registered on the Tax Practitioners Board website at

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