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Enhancing GST Portal Security with Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

In a proactive move to bolster cybersecurity measures, the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) has initiated the implementation of Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) for taxpayers accessing the GST portal. The successful pilot rollout in Haryana has paved the way for the first phase, encompassing Punjab, Chandigarh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, and Delhi.

Key Features of 2FA Implementation:

To access the GST portal, taxpayers will now be required to undergo a two-step verification process. After entering their user ID and password, a one-time password (OTP) will be dispatched to the registered Mobile Number and Email ID of the Primary Authorized Signatory.

Ensuring Smooth User Experience:

To facilitate a seamless experience, taxpayers are urged to maintain up-to-date contact information for their Authorized Signatory on the GST Portal. The OTP will only be solicited when there is a change in the taxpayer’s system (desktop or laptop) or location.

Phased Rollout Across India:

The rollout of 2FA commences on December 1, 2023, beginning with the aforementioned states in the first phase. Subsequently, the second phase will witness the extension of 2FA to all states across the country, solidifying the GSTN’s commitment to nationwide cybersecurity.

This strategic move aligns with the evolving landscape of online security, safeguarding taxpayer information and fortifying the integrity of the GST portal.


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