The National Tax Accountants’ Association recently reported that there were 32,110 cases of identity theft reported to the ATO during the 2014/15 year, and 22,000 of these occurred during peak tax season!
Following this, the ATO have provided some everyday precautions we can all take to protect ourselves, these include:
- Put a padlock on your letterbox
- Before throwing away documents containing personal details (especially your Tax File Number), shred them
- Ensure passwords are strong, changed regularly and don’t share them with anyone
- Install a legitimate and up to date anti-virus software and firewall on your electronic devices
I also urge you to protect your identity and would like to remind you that the ATO will NEVER call you threatening legal action if you don’t pay a debt immediately…they simply don’t operate in that manner.