Beware COVID-19 Tax Scams

Beware COVID-19 Tax Scams

The ATO has provided tell-tale signs on how to identify and protect yourselves from tax scammers as fraudsters take advantage of the COVID-19 fears.

Look out for these tell-tale signs of tax scams if you get a suspicious call, message or request.

The Australian Taxation Office will never:

  • send an email or SMS with a hyperlink to our online services such as myGov
  • request personal identifying information via a return email unless you’ve agreed to engage with us this way
  • threaten you with immediate arrest and insist you stay on the line until you make a payment
  • prevent you from discussing your tax affairs with your registered tax professional
  • request payment of a debt via iTunes, Google Play cards or other vouchers, cryptocurrency, cardless cash transfer, offshore wire transfer or into a bank account not held by the Reserve Bank of Australia
  • ask you to pay a fee to receive a refund.

If you’re ever unsure about an ATO communication, do not reply. Phone the ATO scam hotline on 1800 008 540, visit, or speak to your agent or trusted adviser.

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