Don’t fall victim to scams at tax time

BE CAREFUL: Tax counsel Paul Dowd has warned residents about scammers.
BE CAREFUL: Tax counsel Paul Dowd has warned residents about scammers.

BATHURST residents have been encouraged to be suspicious of anyone claiming to be from the Australian Taxation Office at this time of year. 

Morse Group Accountants and Advisors tax counsel Paul Dowd said ‘tax time’ is when people need to be aware of the security of their personal information.

“Personal information such as tax file numbers, bank account numbers or date of birth can be used by scammers and such information should be treated like a bank PIN and carefully protected,” he said. 

Mr Dowd said it is critical people understand that the ATO will never be abusive, theatening or offensive to taxpayers. 

It would also never ask taypayers to transfer money into an account with a BSB that is not 092009 or 993003 or request payment via other unusual methods, such as iTunes gift cards.

Mr Dowd said people should contact their tax agent if they encounter any suspicious activity.