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UTR Number

[juː-tiː-ɑː ˈnʌmbə]



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.

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A UTR number stands for a Unique Taxpayer Reference number. It is a unique ten-digit code issued by HMRC to every business and individual so that HMRC can identify the Taxpayer.

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.

There is also company UTR numbers which are given to Limited Companies when they are incorporated. This number can then be used to register for Corporation Tax.

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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