If someone contacts you claiming to be from the ATO, there are some tell-tale signs you can look for.
Abusive or threatening
The ATO will not act in an abusive or offensive manner or threaten you with immediate arrest.
An ATO representative will not:
- ask you to transfer money into an account with a BSB that is not held with the Reserve Bank of Australia
- ask for payment through unusual methods such as iTunes gift cards or other prepaid cards
- ask you for money in order to receive a refund or other payment
- stay on the phone with you while you go to the bank, post office, or shops to make a payment.
What they will do is inform you about your tax debt before it is due. You can also check if you owe them money through your myGov account, DMC TAX as your Tax Accountant, or by phoning the ATO directly.
Alternatively, you can view range of legitimate payment options on their website if you have a tax debt.
Contact by email, text messages or social media
As well as not demanding immediate payment the ATO won’t use email, text messages or social media to:
- ask you to respond via email or text to provide personal information, supply your TFN, credit card or bank details
- send you downloadable files or tell you to install software.
Again, what they will do is use email and text messages asking you to contact us by phone or use myGov to:
- provide additional information for a BAS or GST enquiry, tax return or an application you have lodged
- verify changes to an account.
ATO use general notifications, promotional information and reminders by text messages, social media and email. You can check your current ATO text and email activities on the their website.