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Your UTR number is something that HMRC use to identify you as a taxpayer. But what does it stand for? UTR stands for Unique Taxpayer Reference number.
HMRC send you a UTR number when you register for a Self Assessment tax return. You usually need to file a tax return when you’re declaring to HMRC that you have earned untaxed income, so that they can make sure you’re paying the correct amount of tax.
You might need to file a tax return if you’re:
Once you’re sent your UTR number, it will never change. So if you lose it – and don’t worry, it happens to the best of us 😅 – you’ll be re-sent the same number.
UTR numbers are ten digits long and they sometimes have the letter K at the end. Fun fact – when you pay your tax bill by bank transfer, you have to add a K to the end of your UTR to use it as the payment reference. OK, maybe that wasn’t as fun as we thought. 👀
OK – how do I get my UTR number?
Here’s what you’ll have to do. First off, be aware that once you get your UTR number sent to you, there’s still more to do.
Your UTR needs to be activated as well so don’t forget to follow all five of these steps:
If you’re not a first timer and you’ve previously registered for Self Assessment, here’s where you can find your UTR number:
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