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UTR for landlords

A UTR number may be needed by some landlords in the UK. You must apply for one if you do not already have it. If you have lost it, you can find it in a variety of different places.
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As a Landlord, it is important to stay aware of your tax obligations. If you earn over £1000, it' is highly likely that you will need to submit a Self Assessment tax return. However, before doing so, you need to ensure that you have a Unique Taxpayer Reference Number (UTR). This number is used by HMRC to identify Self-employed individuals and their companies for tax purposes, and is essential for tracking your tax obligations and payments.

What is a Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) number?

A UTR number is a 10-digit code that can sometimes end in a 'K'. Once you have a UTR number, it stays with you for life, just like your National Insurance number.

If you're Self-employed or a Sole Trader, or have set up a Limited Company, you will need a UTR number to submit your Self Assessment tax return. You will also need one if you owe tax on savings interest, dividends, or capital gains, or if you earn more than £100,000 a year. Even if you're just earning extra cash from a side hustle, if you make over £1,000, you will still need to do a Self Assessment tax return.

How to get a UTR number?

To get a UTR number, you will need to self-register if you're Self-employed. You can do this through apps like Earnr or by contacting HMRC directly. There are three ways to apply for a UTR number through HMRC: online, by phone, or by post. However, it's important to note that it can take up to 10 days to receive your number by post, so it is best to apply as early as possible.

How to find my UTR number?

If you're not sure whether you have a UTR number or you've lost it, you can contact HMRC by phone and provide your National Insurance number. Your UTR number may also be visible in your Government Gateway portal or on correspondence from HMRC, such as your tax return. Just make sure you enter the correct UTR number when submitting your tax return to avoid any fines from HMRC.

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