Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


IRD warns customers to beware of fraudulent tax callers

Media Release
21 May 2014


Inland Revenue warns customers to beware of fraudulent tax agent callers.

Inland Revenue is warning its customers to beware of fraudulent tax agents who claim to work on its behalf to ensure people receive their tax refund.

“We have received reports of people going door-to-door and giving the impression to householders that they are a tax agent who works on behalf of Inland Revenue.

“Just to be clear, Inland Revenue will never telephone, email or knock on your door regarding your tax refund. Neither will we ask for your credit card details or monetary payment in order to receive your refund,” said Group Manager Customer Services Eleanor Young.

In South Auckland, householders have recently contacted Inland Revenue about a scheme where callers to their homes claim to work with the Inland Revenue. When pressed, the callers changed this to being contracted by the department.

“This is an attempt to use the Inland Revenue logo and brand to steal confidential and personal information.

“We want to make our customers aware that the tax refund services that do exist to help people receive their refunds do not work for, or on behalf of, Inland Revenue. Customers should always check the person’s ID and contact us if they are concerned in anyway.

“Any information that is given to these fraudsters can result in a business or individuals suffering identity and data theft.”

Customers who want to manage their tax return themselves can always simply request a personal tax summary through Inland Revenue’s myIR website. They will then be sent their personal tax summary and once confirming the amount online the refund will be automatically refunded into their bank account.

“The key thing to remember is that Inland Revenue will never issue a tax refund onto a credit card,” Ms Young said.

Inland Revenue asks customers to keep their IRD numbers, tax information, online passwords and all other data safe at all times. If you have replied and given money or provided details please contact your bank or credit card provider immediately.

Information is available on the Inland Revenue website - http://www.ird.govt.nz/news-updates/like-to-know-suspicious-emails.html

To report suspicious phone calls or emails that target Inland Revenue customers, please send an email tophishing@ird.govt.nz


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Our Fresh Water: Monitoring Report Confirms Serious Challenges For Rivers

• nitrogen levels are getting worse at 55 percent and getting better at 28 percent of monitored river sites across New Zealand • phosphorus levels are getting better at 42 percent and getting worse at 25 percent of monitored river sites across New Zealand More>>

ALSO:

Stats: Wind And Geothermal Emerge As Significant Sources Of Energy

Geothermal’s contribution to New Zealand’s total renewable energy generation increased from 11.5 percent in 2007 to 21 percent in 2015.... The value of wind jumped from $238 million (2 percent of total renewable energy generation) in 2007 to $884 million (6 percent) in 2015. More>>

Errors Found: Electricity Authority Dumps Transmission Pricing Modelling

The Electricity Authority is ditching the cost-benefit analysis at the heart of its controversial attempt to find a new way to divide up costs for the national grid after finding an expanding range of serious computational errors in the work by Australian consultancy Oakley Greenwood. More>>

ALSO:

New Record: Migrant Arrivals At 129,500 A Year

Annual net migration has been steadily increasing since 2012. "This was mainly due to the rising number of migrant arrivals to New Zealand," population statistics senior manager Peter Dolan said. "Fewer migrant departures also contributed to the increase in net migration." More>>

ALSO:

Launched: NASA's Super Pressure Balloon Takes Flight From NZ

NASA successfully launched its football-stadium-sized, heavy-lift super pressure balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand, at10:50 a.m. Tuesday, April 25 (6:50 p.m. April 24 in U.S. Eastern Time), on a mission designed to run 100 or more days floating at 110,000 feet (33.5 km) about the globe in the southern hemisphere's mid-latitude band. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news