HM Revenue & Customs issues unique reference numbers to individuals registering for an online self assessment income tax return. These are known as UTR numbers. You must use one of these numbers when filing each tax return. If you don’t, HMRC will send you a letter telling you to do it.
The number is usually printed on the form itself, but sometimes it appears on a separate piece of paper. You’ll see the number on the front of the form, or inside the cover, or on a label attached to the form.
You can find out what your UTR number is by logging into My Account Online and looking under ‘Tax Return Information’. Alternatively, you can call 0300 200 0010 and ask for help.
If you’re having trouble finding your UTR number, here are some tips:
* Look for the word “UTR” on the form.
* Check the bottom left hand corner of the form – there might be a small box containing the UTR number.
* Call us on 0300 200 0010 to speak to someone about your UTR number.
Where can I find my UTR number?
Your UTR number is an essential part of your tax affairs – it tells us how much money you owe the government. But do you know where to look for it?
The Universal Treatment Reference Number (UTR) is used to calculate the amount of income tax you pay each year. This includes both basic rate and additional rate income taxes.
You can find out what your UTR number is by looking up your name in the online database called Tax Info. Alternatively, you can use our quick reference guide to find your UTR number.
What occurs if I misplace my UTR number?
If you haven’t been keeping up with your tax return, there are some things you might want to do now. One of those things includes checking whether you still have your Universal Transfer Reference Number (UTR). This is a unique code that allows HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to identify your tax returns and keep track of how much money you owe. If you’ve misplaced your UTR number, you could find yourself having to pay too much tax – or even worse, not paying enough.
To make sure you don’t end up losing your UTR number, check the following documents to see if you’ve already got one:
• Your original tax return
• A letter informing you about your UTR number
• Any correspondence sent to you by HMRC regarding your UTR number
If you can’t find anything, contact HMRC to let them know. They’ll send you a replacement UTR number and ask you to confirm what’s happened. You can use this number to continue filing your taxes online, or you can file a paper version of your tax return.
Do you require a UTR number to file your tax return?
A UTR number lets you reclaim VAT paid on purchases made before you became self employed. You don’t need one if you are a sole trader or partnership firm, because you already pay tax on profits. But if you run a limited company, you do need a UTR number.
When registering as selfemployed, HM Revenue & Customs requires you to provide an address within the United Kingdom. This can be anywhere outside the UK. You must live at this address, however, for at least six months. If you move out of it during this period, you cannot reclaim any VAT until you return there and settle there again. So make sure you keep your home address up to date.
How can I acquire a UTR number?
If you are self-employed or work for yourself, it might be worth applying for an unincorporated trading name (UTR) number. This is a tax registration number that allows you to claim certain expenses against your income. You must apply for one if you earn £10,000 or more per year and pay Income Tax Self Assessment (ITSA). If you don’t already have an ITIN number, you’ll need to apply for one too.
If you’re wondering whether you qualify for an UTR number, check out our guide here.
You can apply online to get an UPR number faster. But there’s no guarantee you’ll receive one straight away. So you might want to try calling HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) first. They can give you an estimate over the phone.
Call HMRC on 0300 123 5000 if you’d like to find out how to apply for an unincorporated trade name (UTR) Number. Or write a letter to HMRC explaining why you think you should get an UTR number.
What is a UTR number?
A UTR number is your Unique Taxpayer Reference Number. This is the number you use when filing your taxes each year. You’ll find it on your W-2 form, 1099 forms and on your bank statements.
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Registering for a UTR
If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, it’s never too late to start. If you are planning to file electronically, there are some things you need to know about filing an electronic return. One thing you need to remember is that you must register for a Universal Transaction Number (UTR). This is a unique identifier assigned to each taxpayer that allows us to link your returns together. You must register for a UTN within the first three months of filing your return. Once registered, your UTR will remain active throughout the entire filing season.
You do not need to pay anything to register for a UTR. However, if you fail to activate your UTR within 28 days of registering, your UTR will be deactivated and you will no longer receive eFile notifications.
What is a UTR number for a company?
A UTR number is necessary for all companies, regardless of size. If you are registered as a limited company, you must provide one. This is because there are certain requirements that apply to limited companies. For example, if you want to pay corporation tax, you’ll need to register as a limited company. You might also need to file accounts each year with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
Your UTR number should always remain safe. It’s used for lots of different things, including:
• Paying Corporation Tax
• Filing Accounts With HMRC
• Registering With Companies House
• Making VAT Returns
• Setting Up Direct Debits And Standing Orders
How long is the process to obtain a UTR number?
The UTR number is the Universal Transfer Reference Number. You need one to make tax payments online. If you don’t already have one, apply online now. You’ll receive an email confirmation when completed.
If you’re having trouble getting an UTR number via the Online Application System, call HM Revenue & Customs on 0300 200 33 10.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who needs an HMRC UTR number?
If you want to file a self-assessed tax return, you must either have a UK Tax Return Reference Number (UTR), or a Personal Allowance Certificate (PAC). A UTR is used to identify taxpayers who don’t have a PAC. If you’re filing a self-assessment return, you’ll need one. But what exactly does it do? And why do some people have one, while others don’t? Here’s everything you need to know about UTR numbers.
Can I use my own Unique Taxpayer Reference as the UTR for my business?
HM Revenue & Customs issues unique taxpayer reference numbers (UTRs) to individuals who are registered for self assessment. A UTR is a nine digit number assigned to each person who pays Income Tax and National Insurance Contributions (NIC).
Personal UTRs are issued to individuals who are authorized to file Self Assessment tax returns. They are entirely distinct from the unique taxpayer reference numbers provided to businesses, thus you cannot use your own UTR as your business’s UTR.
As soon as you acquire authorisation for the formation of your company, it exists as a separate legal entity. This necessitates a separate taxpayer identification number. Your personal UTR cannot be used for this reason.
You must complete a Form 8962 to obtain a new UTR. You can apply online via the HMRC website or download the form here.
If you are already paying Income Tax and NIC, you can log into My Account and update your UTR there. If you are registering for Self Assessment, you can register online here.