A UTR number is a ten-digit code given by HMRC to identify taxpayers. The number will never change and is needed to file a tax return or to claim benefits.
A personal UTR number is given to individuals who register for Self Assessment. These are usually Self-employed individuals. A personal UTR number will be required for communicating with HMRC, filing a Self Assessment, and paying any owed taxes online.
The deadline to register for Self Assessment is 5th October after the Tax Year being reviewed has ended. A UTR number will then be received by post in ten working days. The deadline for submitting a Self Assessment online is 31st January the following year after the Tax Year has ended.
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