A UTR number (Unique Taxpayer Reference) is a 10-digit code issued by HMRC that helps identify taxpayers for filing their tax returns. Every taxpayer in the UK has a UTR number. It is required for various tax affairs, such as applying for a tax rebate or filing self-assessment and company tax returns.
How to get a UTR Number?
You can apply for a UTR number via HMRC's website. Start by creating a Government Gateway account, if you don't already have one, and then follow the instructions to complete your application. You will be automatically registered with a UTR number as soon as you incorporate your limited company or upon notifying HMRC about your self-assessment status.
The process usually takes 10 days and HMRC will send your UTR number to you by post. Once you receive it, make sure to keep it safe and secure as you will need it for future tax affairs.
Where to find my UTR Number?
If you have already received your UTR number, you can find it in letters or emails from HMRC
- Your personal tax account,
- HMRC app (HMRC Login) or
- In your previous letters that are related to your tax affairs.
- On your payslip or your PAYE code notice from HMRC
- In your P60
You can access it via your personal tax account if you're registered for self-assessment. If you need further assistance in accessing your UTR number, contact the HMRC helpline, they will ask you for some details such as your National Insurance Number and your personal details like your registered address etc.
Why do I Need a UTR Number?
The UTR number is used to identify taxpayers and it's essential for your tax affairs. It helps you verify your identity, apply for a tax rebate, file self-assessment and company tax returns etc. Therefore, make sure to keep track of your UTR number as you may need it in the future.
- To file a self-assessment tax return
- Corporation Tax Return
- To claim tax rebates,
- To file your CIS tax return
In conclusion, the UTR number is a 10-digit code issued by HMRC that helps identify taxpayers for filing their tax returns. Every taxpayer in the UK has a UTR number and it is needed for various tax affairs such as applying for a tax rebate or filing self-assessment and company tax returns. You can apply for it online via HMRC's website and usually, it will take 10 days to receive your UTR number. Make sure to keep it safe and secure as you may need it in the future. If you have any questions, contact the HMRC helpline.