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Stolen TFN's Can Pause Your Tax Return

July 24, 2023

Stolen Tax File Numbers can cause Delays to you Income Tax Refund

Your Tax File Number (TFN) is a unique number used to identify you in your dealings with the ATO; it can also be used to lodge tax returns and other tax forms. If an unauthorised third party has, or potentially has the ability to access your TFN and personal information they may be committing Identity Fraud.

Your tax return could be delayed if you have your tax file number stolen

Protecting your Tax File Number

  • Only give your TFN out to people who legitimately need it. E.g. Your tax agent, current employer (once you are officially employed by them) or a bank.

  • Before throwing away documents with your TFN delete or destroy the TFN on the documents.

  • Don’t share your TFN, passwords or any other sensitive information via email.

If you know or suspect someone has stolen your TFN or is using your tax-related information illegally, you need to report this to the ATO on 1800 467 033, Monday to Friday between 8.00am and 6.00pm.

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For more reasons why your tax return may be delayed, click the links below

Delayed Tax Returns - Client Records
Delayed Tax Returns - Dodgy Deductions
Delayed Tax Returns - Cross Checks
Delayed Tax Returns - Outstanding Debts

Note that the information provided is general in nature and subject to change, please contact one of our professionals who can evaluate your circumstances and provide more accurate advice to your current situation.

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