What is a UTR Number?

A UTR number (unique taxpayer reference) is a 10-digit number completely unique to each and every UK taxpayer. Whether the taxpayer is an individual or part of a partnership or company, a UTR is needed to file a self assessment tax return online or on paper.

How do I get a UTR Number?

HMRC issues a UTR when you register for a self-assessment tax return.

You can do this the old fashioned way by phoning HMRC, completing cryptic HMRC forms or writing them an actual letter. But we at SimpleTax have a better option. With the SimpleTax wizard you can answer 8 simple yes or no questions to find out if you need to file a tax return. We’ll complete the HMRC forms to get your UTR number and send them to your inbox instantly! All you need to do is print off the completed form and post it to HMRC.

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Be sure to register with HMRC before 20th December, as it can take up to 6 weeks to receive your UTR. When a taxpayer attempts to file a self-assessment tax return without a valid UTR, HMRC will reject the tax return and the taxpayer will be penalised and could face late filing fines of up to £1,600!

Where can I find my UTR Number?

Have you have registered for a self-assessment tax return? if so you can find your UTR in 3 different places. You can find it

  • On your HMRC form SA100
  • On your HMRC form SA316
  • On your statement of account

If you haven’t yet registered, let the SimpleTax wizard complete the cryptic HMRC tax forms for you. We will then email you the completed for which you can then print and post to HMRC.

When should I register for a UTR Number?

HMRC can take up to 6 weeks to send out your UTR number, so make sure you register before 20th December to ensure you don’t miss the deadline!

Without a UTR number, HMRC will not allow the taxpayer to file their tax return. Act early and register for self-assessment to avoid potential fines!

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