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! 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! 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. 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.
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????? said they where from the tax office??? scam!! 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. Yes 1300 661 508 is TAX Office number 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. Caller: Reckons there the ATO
Phoned back reckoned they were the ATO if it was I hope it was recorded as the women on the other end was so rude when asked questions.
called ATO Scam Hotline
They have not record of this number and advised it is a scam
If you are so sure the 1300 661 508 number is a scam, perhaps you should do what was recommended to AR on March 21, 2019. You are incorrect. It is a valid number.
no its not mentioned any where on ATO's website . get off you piece of sh*t scammer can see few people are saying this is BAS or xyz ATO's number no its not i have checked and confirmed from ATO. i reckon people who are comment in favour of this no are part of same group
I was so sure as i picked up the phone an indan guy who cant even pronounce english words properly sitting in india can hear and understand few words of their language from back side cant he ATO officer
If you aren't sure about the identity of someone claiming to be from the ATO, phone to ATO's Scams and identity theft 1800 008 540 between 8.00am–6.00pm, or find the general queries number on ato website or use the website live chat option . stay safe guys
Caller: 1300 661 508
definetly tax office, outstanding bas statements.
AR - Perhaps you should call the ATO back, as they have given you wrong information.
Ask them to open SMART Online, go to IAL Outbound Campaign Procedures and then scroll down to "Leaving a message". Magically the 1300 661 508 number appears in a genuine ATO system.
I called the ATO after receiving a message from 'The ATO" to call back within 48 hours on this number. They told me this is a scam. The actual ATO rep I spoke to couldn't find that phone number or the reference number left in the message on their system anywhere. He also had my name and TFN and nothing came up. So.....? He said it was good I called them on their main number first to check. It's a real number. It's the compliance section of the ATO, the number isn't listed on the website as it is an outbound campaign number.
If any doubts call 1800 008 540 (switchboard) or 13 28 61 (Individuals) - both numbers are on the ATO website. Give them your details and ask them if anyone from the Debt Early Intervention called you.
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