There are several places you can check to find your UTR number online. Your UTR (Unique Taxpayer ReferenceNumber is a 10 digit number that HMRC issued to you when you registered for self employment. It’s unique to you and highly confidential just like your national insurance number.

Find Your UTR Number Online

You can find your UTR number online in your Government Gateway account.  This is the online account you will have set up if you registered for self employment online. When you login to your business account you’ll be able to see your tax returns, receive reminders and see any correspondence with HMRC.

Once logged in you’ll be able find your UTR number within the Self Assessment section or the top right hand corner of your account summary.

Find Your UTR Number on HMRC Correspondence

As well as being able to find your UTR number online, you’ll be able to find it on any correspondence HMRC send to you in relation to your self assessment.  This is because your UTR number is the way that HMRC identify you on their systems and access your personal information. If you have correspondence from HMRC then you’ll be able to find your UTR number on your:

  • Your HMRC Tax Return;
  • HMRC Statement of Account;
  • Payment Reminders or Late Payment Letters;
  • Your SA250 which is a letter issued by HMRC when you first registering for self assessment notifying you of your UTR number.

Find Your UTR Number By Phone

You can call HMRC on 0300 200 3310 to request your UTR number and when you call you’ll need to confirm your identity. However given the confidential nature of your UTR number, HMRC will need to post your UTR number out to you, which can take up to 7 days to arrive.

Unfortunately if you do need to find your UTR by phone the only way they will give it to you is by post. So make sure you allow time to receive this confidential piece of information.

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Anita is a Chartered Accountant, turned blogger and creator of the ever popular free Go Self Employed Email Mini Course, which has been completed by hundreds of attendees all over the UK. Using her 10 years experience in accounting, tax and operations for Small Businesses, Anita is on a mission to make finance simple for the self employed, so they can stop stressing about tax & finances and focus on building profitable businesses which will give them the lifestyle they dream of.