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Look out for fake tax preparers

21 December 2020

Look out for fake tax preparers

Unregistered tax preparers pose a threat to taxpayers and damage the reputation of registered tax practitioners.

A recent jail sentence by the Parramatta Local Court of a Victorian man, following an Australian Taxation Office (ATO) led investigation, serves a warning to other unregistered preparers who may attempt to obtain a financial advantage by deception.

Both the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) and the ATO take these unregistered activities seriously. We work together to identify and put a stop to unregistered preparers.

You should be wary when engaging tax practitioners to either get your tax returns and statements lodged, or seek tax related advice. Make sure they are registered by checking the TPB Register.

People who pretend to be tax agents often promise unrealistic tax refunds. They also use use your personal myGov account to lodge returns. Do not share your myGov password with anyone. A registered tax practitioner will never ask you for your personal myGov log in details.

Report unregistered activities

If you know of someone providing tax agent services for a fee or other reward and is not registered with us, report them to us via our online form.

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Last modified: 21 December 2020