ATO Impersonation Scams

It's the time of the year in Australia again - Tax Time!

We all start to gather our Tax Return information and PAYG Summaries so we can lodge our tax returns.

It's also the time Australian Taxation Office (ATO) impersonation scams are prevalent and at this busy time of the year you could easily be tricked into downloading, clicking-on or sending your personal and business information to someone who may use it to defraud you.

Be aware is the message from the ATO.

So how do you keep your personal and business information safe?

Someone claiming to be from the ATO on your phone, or via email, can set the anxiety into overdrive and often sway our normally rational detective skills. Our advice: just stop, breathe, and before giving ANY information state "I'll gather all my information and call the ATO when I've got it all in front of me."

A true ATO representative would rarely call unsolicited without you receiving mail correspondence about a request for information or fine. They will be more than happy for you to call back later. Always.

If you're in doubt about the person calling or contacting you please do the following:

The ATO will never send a text message that asks for the following:

  • personal information including your TFN or credit card details; and/or
  • for you to pay a fee for a tax refund.

Remember, if in doubt: it's ALWAYS better to contact the ATO on via online services through the ATO Website or call them directly on 13 28 65 for individuals or 13 72 26 for businesses.

If this message comes just-a-little-too-late and you suspect you've already fallen victim and made a payment to a scammer: make an official report to your local police and contact your banking institution.

Single Touch Payroll from 1 July 2018!

If this is news to you and your company has 20+ employees then call us on 0414 661 151 immediately!

The deadline to adopt Single Touch Payroll (STP) on 1 July 2018 is fast approaching, and mandatory for employers who had 20 or more employees on 1 April 2018.  STP is an ATO initiative that requires the employer to report salaries, wages, PAYG withholding and superannuation requirements to the ATO each time they pay employees.

This means instead of usual PAYG reporting obligations, employers will send the information direct to the ATO after each pay run.

If this affects you please contact Back to Business Bookkeeping now so we can work with you to ensure your accounting system and practices will be compliant. 

For those with less than 20 employees the move to Single Touch Payroll is voluntary at the moment and becomes compulsory on 1 July 2019.

For more information on STP go to the ATO here or click on the logo above.