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UTR for delivery riders

Some delivery riders may need to file a self assessment. To do this, they will need a Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) number. This must be applied for.
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A delivery rider that earns more than £1000 in a Tax Year could be required to submit a Self Assessment to HMRC. To do this, they will need a Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) number.

What is a Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) number?

A UTR number is a 10-digit code used by HMRC to identify individuals and companies for tax purposes. It can sometimes end in a k, which implies that the individual is filing a Self Assessment.

Once you have it, it stays with you for life.

When will I use a UTR number?

If you are a delivery rider who earns more than £1000, you will need to file a Self Assessment tax return regardless of whether it is your full-time job or a side hustle. A UTR number is also need by individuals who owe tax on savings interest, dividends, or Capital Gains, or if they are earning more than £100,000.

When submitting your Self Assessment tax return, it is essential to make sure you have entered your UTR number correctly. Entering the wrong UTR number is a common mistake that could result in a fine from HMRC if they think you're not taking enough care.

How do I register for a UTR number?

As a Self-employed individual, you have to self-register for one. You can do this through apps like Earnr or directly with HMRC. There are three ways to apply for your UTR number through HMRC: online, by phone, or by post. It is best to apply as early as possible as it can take up to 10 days to receive your number by post.

I have already registered before?

If you are not sure whether you have a UTR number or have lost it, you can call HMRC and provide your National Insurance number to retrieve it. You can also find it in your Government Gateway portal or on any correspondence you have received from HMRC.

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