The ATO has advised that it is using SMS and emails for promotional and information purposes.
They say that, if individual taxpayers receive an SMS or email claiming to be from the ATO, they can check the list of the ATO's current activities (on its website at ATO Online Services) to verify that it's genuine.
However, ATO messages will never ask taxpayers to reply by SMS and/or email to provide personal information, such as the taxpayer's tax file number or their personal bank account number or BSB.
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