A UTR, short for Unique Tax Reference, is 10 digit number used by HMRC. Your UTR number is similar to your National Insurance number; HMRC uses both numbers to link all your tax records.
The majority of people in the UK don’t have a UTR number as you only need one if you need to submit a tax return to HMRC. Like your NI number, your UTR stays with you forever.
You can find your UTR online or on any letter that HMRC sends you related to your personal tax return:
If you’ve forgotten your login or you can’t find any of your letters from HMRC, you can call the HMRC helpline to request your UTR. Their number is 0300 200 3310.
Any UK resident can register for a UTR number with HMRC. You can either do this directly with HMRC or through a company like Earnr.
HMRC needs quite a lot of information to set-up your UTR number:
They need all this information to make sure your records with HMRC are linked and all the right rules apply.
After submitting your UTR registration it takes 10 working days get your number. The main reason why this takes so long is because HMRC sends your UTR number through the post.
Makes sure you keep an eye out for the postman!
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