Date Published: November 23rd, 2018

A UTR number is a ten-digit number issued by HMRC to identify individual tax payers within their system. This number is issued to individuals, companies, partnerships, trusts and other types of organizations. UTR Number can be applied by Phone & post.

What is a Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) Number?

A UTR number is a ten-digit number issued by HMRC to identify individual tax payers within their system. This number is issued to individuals, companies, partnerships, trusts and other types of organizations. It is also referred to, as a tax reference number. When you register with HMRC, they will usually issue a UTR number automatically. It is normally found on self-assessment forms such as a statement or tax returns. Both the tax reference number and tax code, are generally written on a PAYE employee form like a P45, P60, a pay slip or PAYE coding notice from HMRC. Your UTR number stays with you all your life like a national insurance number.

How to Get a UTR Number?

There are different ways in which you can get a UTR number, such as by phone, online or by post. It is normally issued automatically by HMRC in the following situations:

  • When you register as a self-employed sole trader
  • When you register as a partnership firm
  • When you register as a new limited company
  • If you are working in construction industry & needs to complete a CIS tax return
  • If you notified HMRC regarding the trust liable to income tax
  • If you are an individual and made HMRC aware of other untaxed receipts such as rental receipts

How to Apply for a UTR Number Online?

After starting a business, you must register for self-assessment with HMRC and a UTR number will be assigned to you automatically. You can apply for your UTR number online by following these steps:

  • You can notify HMRC online or you can fill in the form to be printed and posted to HMRC. You should notify HMRC as early as possible, as they expect you to register yourself for a UTR number within 3 months of conceiving your businesses.
  • After registering with HMRC for self-assessment, they will send you an activation code, which can take up to 10 working days to reach you.
  • When you login to your online tax account for the first time, you will be asked to enter the activation code sent by HMRC. You must activate your registration with HMRC online within 28 days of receiving the activation code. If you fail to do so, you will have to submit another form & follow the same procedure from the start.
  • Make sure to save your user-id, password and UTR number (case-sensitive).

Note – if you enter the wrong user-id or password more than two times, your account will be locked for 2 hours.

How do I Apply for my UTR Number by Phone?

You can apply for your UTR number by calling directly HMRC on 03002003310. During the call, HMRC may ask you about your personal details as well as your national insurance number to validate your identity. HMRC will post your UTR number within 7 days. They could direct you towards applying for your UTR number online.

How to Apply for my UTR Number by Post?

Firstly, you must write a letter to HMRC to issue a UTR number. Applying for your UTR number by post is a time-consuming process and is not a perfect option for the individuals who must file their tax quickly. It could take several weeks to come.

When should I register for a UTR Number?

Make sure you register with HMRC before 20th December as it can take up to 6 weeks to receive your UTR. If a tax payer attempts to submit self-assessment tax without a valid UTR number, HMRC will reject the filed return and it may lead to fines & penalties up to £1600.

How do I find a lost UTR Number?

You can find your unique tax reference number in the following ways:

  • The simplest way to find your UTR number is by logging into your government gateway account and you will find the same in the self-assessment section and on the top right corner of your account summary online.
  • You can request your UTR number on the phone by calling HMRC on 03002003310
  • HMRC tax returns
  • Statement of accounts
  • Payment reminders by HMRC
  • Your SA250, which is a letter issued by HMRC to the tax payer when he or she first registered for self-assessment

Where to find your UTR Number?

You can find your UTR number in 3 different places –

  • On your HMRC form number SA100 which is deposited for self-assessment tax return
  • On your HMRC form number SA316 which is deposited for self-assessment notice to file letter
  • On your statement of accounts

What if you cannot find your UTR Number?

If you are not able to find any document from HMRC, you can call the self-assessment helpline and request your UTR number. If you have a limited company, you must request your corporation tax UTR number online. HMRC will send the information to the registered business address.

How do I close my UTR Number?

You don’t need to worry about closing a UTR number as this number is given by HMRC for your lifetime unless you are declared as bankrupt.

In any case, you need to complete the form and sign to confirm you are ceasing this business forever & send this to HMRC. If it involves filing a tax return, you may be entitled to a tax refund, when the same has been processed by HMRC. If you ever decided to return to self-employment again, your UTR number will be the same as before.

13 thoughts on “UTR Number: How to Apply for UTR Number by Phone & Post”

  1. I am a foreign national and i was in UK for 6 months, so I didnt create the NI number. Now, i need to file UK tax for my tenue in UK. How should i process my UTR number.

    Thanks

  2. I am a foreign national and i was in UK since march 2019. My organisation deducted tax for march month only.
    My Income was less than 10000 in FY 2018-2019.
    Please provide me solutions for below queries.
    (1)How can I get back my tax deducted for less income in that Financial year.could you please help me to that process.
    (2)What is the process to register and get my UTR number and code for self-assessment tax return.

  3. Hi Team,

    I am expat and i believe i am eligible for Tax refund relief , my company HR suggested to get the UTR number and get activated , post then get the assessment, while i have requested for UTR online with no luck , how to get the UTR number generated via phone

  4. Hi,
    I`ve been working in UK Aug 2018 – Mar 2019 and gone back to my country.
    I am trying (my accountants) to make my tax Assessment but I don`t have UTR and am not sure if they sent me one because I do not live on my old UK address anymore. Was trying to call 0300 200 3300 but more than 1 hour “talking” with computer.
    Any help…

    1. Hi Jakub,

      We have sent your query to concerned team, they will connect with you as soon as possible.

      It would be great if you can share your contact number.

      Thanks

  5. I am the husband and executor of my late wife Mrs Bridget Anne Barron. Her NI no is ZR 628362D. I need her UTR for application to probate. I would be grateful if you could kindly advise her UTR at your convenience.
    I am the husband and executor of my late wife Bridget Anne Barron deceased on 10 June 2019, address The Chase, Warren Rd Thurlestone, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 3NT. Her NI no is ZR 62 83 62 D and her dob 03/04/1934.
    My own details are Mr John Jeremy Michael Barron NI no ZP 98 70 43 C dob 29/01/1933 also of The Chase, Warren Rd, Thurlestone, Kingsbridge Devon TQ7 3NT. MY wife was in poor health for some time and a non income tax payer so I have no record of her UTR and I would be very grateful if you could kindly advise this at your convenience.

    I no ZP 987043 C

    1. Hi John,

      We have sent your query to concerned team, they will connect with you as soon as possible.

      It would be great if you can share your contact number.

      Thanks

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