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  • Watch out for tax scams

    1 December 2020

    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.

    We 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 us on 1800 008 540 to check.

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