An email fraudulently claiming to be from the Tax Office is currently circulating.
The email claims to offer a tax refund and asks people for personal and credit card details.
It is similar to previous scams and uses the Tax Office logo and the words ‘Notification — Please read’ or ‘Australian Taxation Office – Please Read This’ in the subject line. There may also be more variations to these subject headings.
The email asks people to click on a link which redirects them to a bogus website that looks similar to the Tax Office website and asks for credit card and personal details.
The Tax Office will never send people an email asking them to provide personal information including credit card details.
Acting Second Commissioner Bill Gibson said anyone who receives the email should delete it immediately.
“People should be wary of unsolicited emails claiming to be from the Tax Office.
“As an extra precaution we recommend you type internet addresses directly into your internet browser rather than clicking on hyperlinks embedded in emails,” Mr Gibson said.
If people have entered their credit card information on the website, they should report it to their credit card provider as soon as possible.
ATO Media release 2008/24
Please note that our office will be closed from Sunday 6 April until Sunday 13 April. Clients who wish to speak with Alan are welcome to try reaching him on his mobile phone.
If you don't get through (we are staying in an area with little reception) please leave a message on the mobile and Alan will call you back as soon as he can.
Alternatively, voice messages left on the office answering machine will be followed up on the 13th when we return. Thank you for your understanding.
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ATO Media Release 2008/2
Acting Tax Commissioner Bruce Quigley today warned people to be cautious about claiming deductions for losses incurred under certain stapled security arrangements.
In these arrangements the company issuing the securities suggests that the investor may claim deductions for losses in certain circumstances.
These circumstances include the assignment, transfer or surrender of the note, or conversion or disposal of the stapled security.
Mr Quigley said the Tax Office is concerned that these losses may not be allowable and will be releasing a public ruling on the arrangement shortly.
"We are acting now to warn people who may be involved of our concerns as soon as possible.
"People should seek independent tax advice before claiming deductions for any losses that they incur under these arrangements,” Mr Quigley said.
A taxpayer alert TA 2008/1 was issued today and is available from the Tax Office website www.ato.gov.au
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