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sounds warning on ATO audit scam

Thursday, 02 November 2006
By Print21

The letter suggests the employer is being audited and asks them to provide personal information about their workers. These include names, date of birth, addresses, tax file numbers, annual salaries and citizenship details.

The hoax 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…”

Charles Watson, employee relations advisor for Printing Industries, says the letter doing the rounds is far from legitimate. “If you see this paragraph it should be an immediate warning. The Tax Office does not administer the Workplace Relations Act,” he says.

“If employers have received the letter and have already disclosed information about employees, they must immediately contact the ATO on 13 28 66, so that appropriate arrangements, which may include issue of new tax file numbers, may be made. They should also advise their employees.”

Printing Industries recommends its members contact their Regional Employee Relations Department on 1800 227 425 if they receive similar correspondence.

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