A UTR number is a 10-digit number which is issued automatically by HMRC when you register for Self-Assessment. UTR number stands for Unique Tax Reference number, anyone required to submit a Self-Assessment Tax return needs this number and without one, tax return can not be submitted to HMRC.
Who needs to apply for a UTR number?
- Self-Employed Individuals
- Sole Traders, Freelancers
- Limited Company Directors
- CIS Contractors
- Landlords (Rental Income)
- Foreign Rental Income
- Capital Gains Tax (CGT)
- High Employment Earners (100k)
- Employment plus additional taxable income
- Pensioners with additional income
- Partners from Partnership
Do I need an accountant to apply for a UTR number?
No – you do not need an accountant to apply for a UTR number. Although an accountant can help with the application and ensure the form is submitted correctly. To apply for UTR click on this link.
Deadline for registering with HMRC
The deadline for registering with HMRC for Self-Assessment is by 5 October following the end of the tax year. For example, if you started trading as a sole trader in November 2020, you need to ensure to register with HMRC by 5 October 2021.
The deadline for registering with HMRC for Self-Assessment is by 5 October following the end of the tax year. For example, if you started trading as a sole trader in November 2020, you need to ensure to register with HMRC by 5 October 2021. Need help with UTR application? If you are not sure you are required to register for Self-Assessment, contact us and we can advice and help you with registration your business with HMRC.
What you need to apply for a UTR number?
If you apply for a self-assessment, HMRC will send the UTR number directly to you within 2 – 4 weeks. To apply for UTR, you will need the following personal & business information:
- Full name
- Current address
- National Insurance number
- Date of birth
- Phone number
- Email address
- The date you started being self-employed
- Type of business
- Business address
- Business phone number
What happens after registration?
HMRC will verify the details and issue the UTR number within 2 – 4 weeks, however, sometimes the application is declined if the form was submitted incorrectly or HMRC can not verify the identity. Once you have the UTR number, it can be used to file a tax return.
What happens if you lose your UTR number?
Once you’ve been issued a UTR, you’ll be able to find it in all kinds of official HMRC documents, including:
- Your Self Assessment tax return paperwork.
- Your notice to file a tax return.
- Your statement of account.
- Any HMRC payment reminders you get.
If you’ve signed up for an account on the HMRC website, you can also check your UTR number by logging in. If you do not have access to any of the above, you need to contact HMRC directly on 0300 200 3310.