Beware: phishing scams
While it’s important to do what you can to ensure you maximise your tax refund this year, it's also imperative that you keep your eyes peeled for tax phishing scams. These days, phishing scams are more sophisticated than ever before, with scammers creating websites and forms that mimic something you may receive from the Australian Tax Office (ATO). To successfully avoid phishing scams, it’s important to know the tell-tale signs of a scam. In a nutshell, the ATO will not ask you over email to disclose your credit card details or other personal information. So, if you receive an email asking you to divulge personal information, delete it immediately and then contact the ATO
to let them know what has happened. You should treat all emails regarding your tax position
(except those sent by a reputable source, like your accountant) as suspicious.
It’s also important to keep your computer secure. Update your firewall and antivirus software on a regular basis to make sure you and your personal details are protected.