With ongoing reports of tax debt scams, the ATO is reminding taxpayers to be careful if they receive a strange call about their tax.

Tax Time - Stay Safe From Scammers

The ATO are seeing more people fall victim to these scams, which tell them they have a tax debt and that they face arrest if they don’t pay it straight away.

The ATO is encouraging the community to contact the ATO or their registered tax professional if you are not sure if an ATO interaction is genuine.

The ATO will never:

  • threaten them with immediate arrest, jail or deportation
  • request payment of a debt via iTunes, Google Play cards or other vouchers
  • insist they stay on the phone until a payment is made
  • prevent them from discussing their tax affairs with you.