Inland Revenue is embarking on a second phase of its development of identity and access management systems, to allow organisations secure access to a range of transactions with the department.
IRD is to set up a portal for “non-individual” users — such as companies, trusts and partnerships — to interact with its services online. This implies more complex authentication than for individuals, who already have a good deal of online access.
“Online individual authentication is based on personal details such as date of birth, IRD number, employer and address,” says a spokesperson for the department. “Authentication of people representing organisations is more complex, as we need to verify the identity of the person, and their authority to interact with IR on behalf of their organisation, and that they have the correct level of access.”
This will allow such organisational customers “to interact with us online, and use self-service tools to manage their IR online services activity,” says IRD. “Tax agents, who already have online access, will also be able to use these self-service tools to manage staff access to IR’s online services.”
The department has put out an invitation for registration of interest from web developers to work on such a portal, based on IBM’s Websphere, and the associated authentication procedures.
Following evaluation of responses, a request to tender will be issued to a shortlist of bidders with a deadline of October 31.
“We work closely with SSC to ensure that we meet SSC requirements and guidelines,” says the IRD spokesperson.
The State Services Commission as part of its e-government initiative coordinates the development of consistent procedures for authentication across government agencies.