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Fake tax agent about warning

THE Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is warning taxpayers to be alert for some people who are falsely claiming to be tax agents and promising large refunds by making claims their clients are not entitled to.

If you’re using a tax agent this tax time, the ATO recommends you make sure your agent is registered with the Tax Practitioners Board – visit tpb.gov.au to check.
“Remember your tax agent does not need your myGov login details to lodge your tax return,” Assistant Commissioner Karen Foat said.
“Your myGov login details should always be kept personal and should not be shared with others.”
Remember you are responsible for the information in your tax return. It is important you make sure your claims are correct, even if you use a tax agent.
If you need help lodging your tax return, you may be eligible for the free Tax Help program. For help, visit ato.gov.au/taxhelp.
If English is not your primary language, you can phone the ATO’s Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 13 14 50 for assistance.
If you believe you have been affected by someone pretending to be a tax agent, call 13 28 61 to discuss your situation.

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