Phone number is legit. It is the ATO Lodgement Compliance section - late BAS/income tax returns etc. I work for an accounting firm, and have been dealing with them. This really is the Tax Office. I called back and got a recorded tax office message asking to key in my tax file number, which I did. After being on hold for a while (I guess that indicates government department!) I spoke to a woman who asked my DOB and address. While I was a little aprehensive, I gave it to her and she knew all of my other information. The phone call related to not submitting a BAS on time, which I doubt a scammer would know. Given she knew a lot of information I hadn't given her, I am confident that it really is the tax office. She was very nice too! said they where from the tax office??? scam!! This number is not on the ATO website because it is not designed for any member of the public to call. It is a targeted campaign number and any inbound call should only be the result of a message left. It IS a legitimate number. You've tried to do the right thing but haven't considered all possibilities. You've been contacted by this number because you are not meeting all your legal obligations, go onto MyGov and see for yourself. 1300 661 508 – Definitely an ATO number.
I ignored this for some time, before I got a letter demanding overdue Income Tax returns.
I took this to a Tax Agent, who reviewed my file and confirmed the information. She also confirmed the number is legit.
It appears some scammers give this number out to try and legitimise their attempt at getting info from you.
The ATO does try and call you, so whoever says they don’t are either lying to you, or don’t know what they are talking about.
As for some areas of the ATO – 1800 008 540 - saying it is not one of their numbers, they obviously do not know what they are doing.
Since I had some late lodgments and penalties, I have dealt with this area on several occasions now. I would rather believe them and my Tax Agent.
If you are ever unsure of their contact, call the ATO main switch on 13 28 69 and ask to be transferred to that number. The switch is very helpful.
Call showing as silent number from "Rabin" (indian accent) claiming to be from ATO Knew my name and wanting to confirm my address , mentioned name of partnership - details he should not have had access to??? Absolute scam, have been retired for 2 years now and no outstanding tax matters. gave me this number to ring. Told him it was not likely that the ATO would call, they have my address and would write to me if there were any issues which there certainly should not be. So annoying that these scammers prey on people, Where do they get their information????? It is the ATOs 'lodgement compliance' section. If you have an ABN and are late to lodge your BAS (if you are registered) or PAYG, or end of year filings, then they actually do call to give you the chance to discuss when you expect to get them done. They are quite reasonable about it, and talking with them is a good idea. This a legit ATO number to do with late lodgements for Income Tax, BAS, etc. Called number back, very helpful and understanding.
But if you are still unsure, call the main number and they can put you through once they know your details.
This is definitely The ATO. It's not a scam.
It's a number for Bas and company non compliance - they will have all your details on computer.
Just imput your tax file number and a staff number will take your query.
I confirmed with the ATO this is their number. On the ATO website they list 1800 008 540 as the contact number to double check whether calls are legit. I still hungup on them first time as I prefer to call rather than have someone call me and ask for my details. Very interesting there are mixed views on this number - I have also had this call in the past week and called the ATO who confirm this is not one of their numbers. If it was I would expect to be put through to the appropriate department. I would also expect given the number of comments by people and over several years, who have contacted this number - then if it is a legitimate BAS/Late lodgement number that this department would have amended this to avoid what appears to be an ongoing issue. I will not be calling the number back! The ATO has a number you can call to report scams or check if the number you have been asked to ring is genuinely the ATO.
1800 008 540
Got the number from the caller as well as the ATO web site.
Called the ATO, they verified that this is not their number. it is valid, just ring the ATO and confirm. It is for late BAS lodgement. I owed nothing, just forgot to lodge BAS. If you have mygov, you can login and confirm this. In fact lodging a nil activity statement takes all of 5 seconds online no joke. As a bonus, I see in the superannuation section you can consolidate super accounts online now. Yes, I had someone with a strong Asian accent ring too and ask for TFN/ABN on voicemail. It doesn't help that there ARE a lot of scamcallers with Asian accents. I get these about 1-2x per month. anomynous (February 13, 2014) ...you are an idiot & you can not spell Yes it is legitimate, and the ATO was courteous - it is not a scam. Definitely call them back, as it was just sorting out a small matter. I called to ATO and they said it's not their number. Rabin is definitely an employee of the TPALS (Tax practitioner and lodgement strategy) area and this is a direct number to the lodgement area of ATO. We are NOT scammers on this number and we get our information from our secure ATO records on file. People make our jobs very difficult when they get on sites like this and try to discredit us. If you just called back like you were asked to, you would have found this out to be genuine. The number rang my Business and althou It sounded like ATO, I could not find that number anywhere on the ATO Website. I read comments below and again I'm not convinced it s ATO. Yes 1300 661 508 is TAX Office number
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