Registering for a personal tax account with the UK Government is free and can be done in just 10 minutes.
Visit gov.uk/personal-tax-account. Once there, click “Start now”.
Select how you want to sign in to your Personal Tax Account.
Since we’re now setting it up for the first time, let’s select “Create an account”.
Next, you’ll have to choose how to register.
Most people will find “Government Gateway” more accessible, so let’s select that.
Next, you’ll need to sign in with your Government Gateway account – if you have one.
Since this is the first time, let’s select “Set up a User ID”, right under the “Sign in” form.
You might see one of these questions:
Since this is the first time, select “No” if you see one of these questions.
This is important: write your email address next and be ready to access it: you’ll receive a code that you’ll need soon.
Open your email and get the code HMRC just sent you.
After you’ve confirmed your email, you’ll be asked to submit your name…
…and a password.
Now you’ll need to provide a recovery word – just in case you ever forget your password.
It can be anything – we recommend something easy to remember, like a favourite movie or book.
You’re almost done – you’ve now received your User ID!
This is important: write down your Personal Tax Account User ID and password!
There are just a few more steps related to account security.
First, the website will ask you how you want to receive your access code.
The easiest one is via text message – let’s select it.
You’ll receive a text message on your phone – enter this code on the next screen.
Now HMRC will ask you a few details so they can match you with existing records.
First, your name and National Insurance Number (NiNo):
Second, select how you want to verify your identity:
If you do not have a UK Passport, you’ll need to provide more details – it’s very similar to a credit check.
Give HMRC any info you have on loans, bank accounts, mobile contracts, addresses you’ve lived at, etc.
The final step!
HMRC will ask you if you want to go paperless or not.
It’s up to you which one you prefer. We recommend you choose “no, I want to keep receiving letters”. Just in case you ever have issues with your email.
Congratulations, you’re done! You’re now signed up with HMRC and have your own Personal Tax Account.
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