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Why online security is important to Inland Revenue, Tax Practitioners and their clients?

The use of online services by tax practitioners and agents to handle their clients' tax affairs continues to grow, due in part to mandatory requirements, but also because of the speed and accuracy they offer.

It's therefore vitally important that you protect your log in details and passwords as they allow access to your entire registered client base.
Online services enable you to update client information, file information and even at times, obtain repayments. If your confidential online credentials fall into the wrong hands, fraudsters may have the ability to obtain confidential information and use it to their advantage.
These online credentials could be obtained by one or more of the following methods:
  •  gaining physical access in the agent's office
  •  someone observing and noting passwords that are displayed on computer workstations or notice boards
  •  inappropriate disclosure through 'phishing' emails
  •  unintentional downloading of malicious software that can be used  to record confidential information remotely
Unauthorised use of your online credentials can lead to financial losses for tax practitioners, their clients, Inland Revenue, as well as affecting the client/practitioner relationship. There is also the potential to undermine your clients' confidence in the ability to communicate or transact business with Inland Revenue, Government or their agent by email or online.