Last minute rush for 2FA as tax filing deadline looms

A long queue formed outside the office of Assurity Trusted Solutions at International Plaza before 8.30am yesterday, April 17, 2017.

This was due to the hundreds of people who had put off registering the second factor authentication (2FA) for Singpass till a day before the deadline for e-filing income tax returns today. 

Photo courtesy: Connected to India
Photo courtesy: Connected to India

The SingPass system allows Singaporeans to access more than 100 government e-services involving sensitive data, including the filing of taxes. The strengthened security through the 2FA was made mandatory last July. SingPass users were given time to register for it, with reminders from the media, Todayonline reported on April 18. 

Singpass is being administered by Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech). In response to queries by Todayonline, GovTech said that the relevant government agencies, including itself, had been “constantly encouraging users to set up their 2FA in advance to avoid possible delays in transactions”.

Photo courtesy: singpass.gov.sg
Photo courtesy: singpass.gov.sg

“Besides the 30-day grace period that was given to users upon their first log-in from July 5, 2016, which (later) ended on Jan 15, 2017, there had also been extensive SMS reminders, print, radio, social media advertisements, as well as outreach via public roadshows.”

An Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore spokesperson said that the deadline for individual income tax e-filing is midnight today. If anyone is not able to receive their 2FA by the deadline, they may call Iras at 1800 356 8300 for help.

Assurity Trusted Solutions has a second office at PSA Building on Alexandra Road, unit 28-04. Those registering for 2FA may also head there to get it done.

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Kareyst Lin
Kareyst Lin – Senior Writer

Kareyst has experience in writing about B2B technology for Computerworld Singapore, MIS Asia and CIO Asia; and on government technology for GCIO Asia. Her pet areas are artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and smart cities - these are fueled by her obsession with sci-fi movies and philosophy of mind. She is also part of the Over The Moon team, which is a movement to promote and give voice to independent Mandopop music in Singapore.

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