The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) operates the Australian Business Register (ABR) website and the ABR and AUSkey transaction sites. Security controls protect the sites from unauthorised access and information when collected, used, disclosed and stored by the ABR.
Personal information won't be released unless the law permits it or permission is given. Users should be aware that there may be inherent risks associated with the transmission of information via the internet.
Legislation prohibits ATO personnel and government departments from accessing, recording or disclosing taxation information except when performing their duties or in situations permitted by taxation laws.
The ABR sites have two forms of protection:
It's intended that users of the ABR sites will be able to determine when they're interacting with the ABR.
Users can confirm they're interacting with ABR sites by checking the digital certificate used to provide SSL encryption.
To check, click on the SSL padlock located along the bottom of the browser window and confirm the following:
How details are displayed depends on the type of browser being used.
We will never ask you for your tax file number (TFN), bank details or other personal identification information in an electronic communication to you (including email or text message).
If you've received fraudulent communication, you're unsure of the legitimacy of a communication that claims to be from the ABR or you think you've been a victim of a tax-related scam, call us on 13 28 61.
If you receive an SMS or email asking for personal information, forward the entire email to ReportEmailFraud@ato.gov.au.
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