BQK Tax Flash – ATO Phone Scam – requesting bank account details for the JobKeeper payment

We would like to make our clients aware of a current telephone scam whereby people are receiving calls from scammers pretending to be from the ATO.

The scammers are calling members of the public and asking them to provide their bank account details. They are telling them that their employer has registered them for the JobKeeper Payment, but that the ATO needs their bank account details to deposit the funds into their account.

Please do not provide the information requested. Employees that are eligible for JobKeeper payments will be paid by their employer and the ATO will reimburse their employer for these payments. The ATO does not need the bank account details of individual employees.

If you are unsure whether an ATO call is legitimate, please hang up and either contact our office on 9256 2777 or call the ATO direct on 1800 008 540 to check.

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