A unique taxpayer reference (UTR) 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.
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!
Be sure to register with HMRC before 20th December, as it can take up to 6 weeks to receive your UTR. If a taxpayer attempts to file a self-assessment tax return without a valid UTR, HMRC will reject the application and the taxpayer will be penalised and could face late filing fines of up to £1,600!
Where can I find my UTR Number?
If you have registered for a self-assessment tax return, you can find your UTR in 3 different places. You can find it
- On your Inland Revenue form SA100
- On your Inland Revenue 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. Register with SimpleTax and we will send your UTR number straight to you!
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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