Your UTR number is a Unique Taxpayer Reference that you get when you register for Self Assessment.
It consists of ten digits (sometimes with a letter K at its end) and is issued to you by HMRC.
I’ve never had a UTR – how to get it?
You can get it in two ways:
If you decide to do it yourself, the process consists of 5 key steps:
- register for HMRC’s online service
- after registering, HMRC will send you your UTR number and ask you to enrol for Self Assessment (this takes about a week)
- then log back in to HMRC and enrol for Self Assessment
- after enrolment, HMRC will send your UTR activation code in the post (another week)
- activate your Self Assessment using the activation code.
All in all, you should be able to get your new UTR and register for Self Assessment in about 2-3 weeks.
It is important to remember that once you have the code, you have 28 days to use it for UTR activation.
I think I lost my UTR – where to find it?
If you have registered for Self Assessment in the past with HMRC you can find your UTR number:
- on the front page of previous your tax returns
- on any Self Assessment documents that HMRC has sent you (notices to file a return, payment reminders, etc.)
- in your online HMRC account under the “self assessment” section.
Why do I need a UTR number, anyway?
- when you file a Self Assessment tax return, either by yourself or through an accountant (including TaxScouts)
- when you claim a tax relief or benefit
- (usually) when you need to contact HMRC.