Are you owed a tax refund?

Hi everyone

You may have received an e-mail or two recently from Inland Revenue, asking you to confirm information or telling you to go to their website in case you’re eligible for a tax refund. Some of these e-mails are legitimate, but this also means that fraud offenders may take the opportunity to offer a tax refund to your credit card or bank account. These offers are usually sent via phishing e-mails stating that you’re due to receive a ‘tax refund’ and typically, they’re for unusual amounts.

Sometimes if you’re unlucky, it’s not a refund you’re offered, but you’re asked to pay tax as you’ve underpaid throughout the year. There is also an opportunity here for fraud offenders to take advantage, as they may ask you to ‘click on a link’ or ‘purchase iTunes cards’ in order to pay your bill. We urge you to keep an eye out for these e-mails and requests and remember if you receive an e-mail from who you think is Inland Revenue asking you anything about tax, don’t click on the link in the e-mail, close it down and search the Inland Revenue website yourself. Don’t ever reply to the e-mail directly.

If you’re suspicious of an e-mail you’ve received, or if you suspect you’ve been taken in by a scam, contact BNZ on 0800 ASK BNZ (275 269) or +64 4 924 0499 as soon as possible.

Our previous post regarding tax refunds can be found here.

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The lesson is… if it involves a money transaction NEVER EVER click on a link. No matter how safe you think it is. Go to the website’s official page and log in there. Your bank’s webpage should be self evident, and if ever in doubt ring the bank branch or business and ask for it to be read to you so you can write it down. Or, to be triply safe, go to the business or bank and ask for a document/pamphlet which has their official website printed on it.