(Australian Associated Press)
Taxpayers are being warned to be on high alert for scams as they prepare to file their tax returns.
ATO Assistant Commissioner Kath Anderson said most Australian taxpayers expect some form of interaction with the ATO during tax time, and scammers take advantage of it to gain money and personal information from victims.
“More than 37,000 scam attempts were reported to the ATO during tax time last year. Although many people were alert and didn’t fall for the scams, hundreds handed over a total of more than $630,000, and thousands handed over their personal details,” Ms Anderson said in a statement on Wednesday.