HMRC Mandatory Two-Step Verification

Individuals and businesses who use HM Revenue & Customs (“HMRC”) online services will be aware that for sometime now HMRC have been trying to encourage users when they login to register for 2 Step Verification (“2SV”). The reason for this, is that HMRC are keen to improve the digital security of online accounts by adding this additional security check. The 2SV registration has so far been voluntary, however, HMRC have recently announced that from September 2017, 2SV will become mandatory for individuals and businesses.

The 2SV process involves providing HMRC with a mobile or landline number, then whenever anyone attempts to log into that account, a six-digit verification code will be sent to the number provided, which will be required to be input online when prompted, in addition to the existing user ID and password for the account.

For further information or advice in connection with this please contact the Blue Sky Accountancy Services Team.