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23 Oct 06 Beware of scam using ATO letterhead

In a media release issued on 20 October 2006, the ATO warned employers to be on the lookout for hoax ATO letters seeking personal information about their employees. The letter suggests the employer is being audited, and asks them to provide personal information about their workers. This includes employees’ names, date of birth, addresses, sex, tax file numbers, gross annual salary, and Australian citizenship details.

The letters state:

"The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has the responsibility under the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (the act) for ensuring federal awards, agreements and legislation are observed..."

Assistant Commissioner, Judy Lind, said: “These letters are not legitimate. If you see this paragraph it should be an immediate warning.”

For a copy of the ATO media release, No Nat 2006/42, 20 October 2006, go here

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