Monday, June 4, 2018
Scam letters - the Australian Tax Office
There are plenty of scam letters going around in order for people to commit to an action in business / commerce or trade.
To incite the unsuspecting victim, a classic approach is by appealing to necessity, urgency or emotions of the victim with a so called 'statistic' like:
"... 8 out of 10 people ..."
In this case an excerpt from a template letter from the ATO (Australian Tax Office) is shown.
People should be aware that in Australia lodging a personal tax return is a voluntary action.
If a person has not filed a tax return (formerly agreed to a contractual obligation with the ATO) that person is not obliged nor mandated to conduct a business transaction with the ATO in order to deposit or obtain cash for the purposes of taxation.
If you have not filed such a form within the ATO you are therefore "no longer required to lodge" as mentioned within the template letter, where your response should reflect this.