What is a UTR number and how do I get one?

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Everyone submitting a Self Assessment tax return has their own Unique Taxpayer Reference number – more commonly known as a “UTR number”.

These UTR numbers help HMRC process tax returns at a more efficient, effective and accurate rate, ensuring everyone pays what they owe and receives any money back that they might be entitled to.

Here, we answer some of the most common questions surrounding UTR numbers, including “what is a UTR number and how do I get one?”, and tell you everything you need to know about finding and using your own UTR number.

What does your UTR number mean?

A UTR number is a 10-digit number completely unique to each and every UK taxpayer. Whether the taxpayer is to register for self-employment or is an individual or part of a partnership or company, a UTR number is needed to file a Self Assessment tax return online or via post.

When should I register for a UTR number?

HMRC issues a UTR number when you register for a Self Assessment tax return. There are several ways to obtain a UTR number, including by phone, online and by post.

What is a company UTR number?

If you’ve set up a limited company, you’ll need a UTR number for the business. This is so that HMRC can identify which companies owe what in terms of tax.

Like a personal UTR, a company UTR is 10 digits long and will be issued to you when you register your limited company.

Be sure to keep this number on file, as you will need it for a variety of tax purposes in the future, including business taxes, tax returns, and corporation tax.

How to get a UTR Number

How to apply for a UTR number with GoSimpleTax

A UTR number is a 10-digit number completely unique to each and every UK taxpayer. Whether the taxpayer is to register for self-employment or is an individual or part of a partnership or company, a UTR number is needed to file a Self Assessment tax return online or via post.

HMRC issues a UTR number when you register for a Self Assessment tax return. There are several ways to obtain a UTR number, including by phone, online and by post.

How to apply for UTR Online

One of the quickest ways to get a UTR number is by applying online and registering as self-employed.

This can be done on HMRC’s website.

How to apply for a UTR number by Phone

You can call HMRC on 0300 200 3310 to ask about your UTR number.

They may ask you for some information (including personal details and your National Insurance number). They may end up directing you towards applying for your UTR number online.

How to apply for a UTR number by Post

You can also write a letter to HMRC asking to send you a UTR number. Whilst this used to be the preferred option, people are gradually beginning to move towards online methods instead.

Writing a letter can involve a lot of back and forth (as well as mounting postage fees) as you trade information with HMRC, and the process can often take several weeks. If you’ve got tax to file quickly, then applying by letter may not be feasible.

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