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. 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.
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.
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!! This is a scam as we are retired and dont pay tax. 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. called ATO Scam Hotline
They have not record of this number and advised it is a 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 The ATO always asks for an account identifier, preferably a TFN (refer https://www.ato.gov.au/About-ATO/About-us/Contact-us/Phone-us/Individuals-enquiries/), the ATO needs to ensure you are who you say you are. You wouldn't expect to call any other government department or your financial institution or even your energy supplier without providing an account identifier and establishing proof of your identity, why would the ATO be any different? Caller: ATO
It is ATO number which is available from official website.
Caller: Someone giving name as Cindy
Call received on my answering machine from someone named 'Cindy' (heavily accented)claiming to be from tax office. There was a lot of background noise like it was a call centre. Gave me the # 1300 661 508 to return call, with a long ref. # and asking for recent tax return info. I don't and never have paid taxes in Australia so I am assuming this is a scam. If they want to contact me, they will have to do it by post.
Asked for my daughter and said they were from the ATO, gave a reference number for me to call back as I said I wanted to do this as I was concerned it was a scam. My daughter will not be calling this number as it seems strange the tax department would be contacting her by phone and on my number. Se is a student and does not lodge a tax return. Caller: ATO
This is a legit number. Shame the site doesn't clearly indicate that... Searched for it online and led straight to the ATO as a contact us number.
This number is on the ATO website: https://www.ato.gov.au/About-ATO/Contact-us/ Caller: ATO
Legit call From ATO it is listed on the ATO website. was unsure what it was but i had outstanding Bas and as for comments above it does check out, will be calling them monday
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