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.

Here are some useful tips.

Tip 1 👉 Know the status of your tax and super affairs! You’re less likely to fall victim to a scam if you’re aware of any refunds, debts and lodgments due. Chat with your tax agent or log into our online services to check your details.

Tip 2 👉 Stay safe online by logging into our online services through our website or ATO app – never via links in emails. For added security, update your myGov sign-in option so you receive SMS codes.

Tip 3 👉 Help protect your family and friends, especially older relatives! 👵 Warn them about tax scams and tactics so they don’t get tricked into paying money or sharing their personal info.

If you’re ever unsure if a contact is really from the ATO, hang up and call us on ☎️ (03) 9904 9261.

You can verify or report a scam here – https://www.ato.gov.au/general/online-services/identity-security/verify-or-report-a-scam/