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  • Protect yourself at tax time

    Be aware that there are scams that may try to trick you into paying money or giving out your personal information. Scammers impersonating the ATO may call you or send you an SMS or an email telling you that you have a refund or a tax debt to pay.

    It can be difficult to tell the difference between legitimate ATO interactions and those of scammers. There are some signs to help you verify that you're not dealing with the ATO.

    We will never:

    • send unsolicited pre-recorded messages to your phone
    • ask you to provide your personal identifying information in order to receive a refund
    • send you an email or text message with a hyperlink directing you to a log on page to access myGov or myTax
    • threaten you with immediate arrest over a debt, or insist you stay on the line until a debt is paid.

    If you are ever unsure whether an ATO interaction is real, don't reply. You can contact us directly to check.

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      Last modified: 15 Oct 2020QC 62802