HMRC increase security for online tax accounts

In September 2017, HMRC will make it a requirement for all businesses using their online tax accounts to register for 2 Step Verification (2SV). This introduction is intended to provide greater security and a safer experience for customers when using HMRC’s online services. If you are not already using 2SV then when logging into tax accounts from September you will be asked to register for 2SV which is stated to be quick and easy to setup. 2SV will add a layer of security to your club’s Government Gateway credentials; instead of only relying on something you ‘know’, like a User ID or Password, there will be an additional level of something you ‘have’, like a mobile or landline. 2SV is backed by the National Cyber Security Centre and promoted by Cyber Aware and Action Fraud. 2SV is used widely across well-known brands in the tech industry and it’s also increasingly used for online banking. HMRC began introducing 2SV in December 2015 and, since then, more than 11 million individuals and businesses have successfully set up 2SV to increase protection for their online tax accounts. HMRC states that it takes the protection of customer data extremely seriously. They are a well-known brand because of their unique tax collection role and, like other large financial organisations, this makes them an obvious target for fraudsters and cyber criminals. Threats evolve and change, so HMRC is constantly reviewing its security approach to ensure everything possible is done to keep businesses secure. If you encounter issues using HMRC’s 2SV then please contact their Online Services Helpdesk.
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