What is a UTR (Unique Taxpayers reference) number?

UTR (Unique Taxpayer ReferenceNumber is a 10 digit number that HMRC issued to you when you registered for self employment.  This reference number is unique to you and means that HMRC can identify you, just like your passport number or national insurance number – for this reason it is really important you hold onto it.

Where Can You Find Your UTR number?

Your UTR number will be shown on any correspondence you receive from HMRC.  Here are some of typical documents where you will be able to find it:

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

Finally, the other place you can find your UTR number is online in your Government Gateway account.  If you registered for self employment online, you will have been required to set up an online account to manage your registration process, personal tax returns, reminder and correspondence with HMRC.  You can generally find your UTR number within the self assessment section or the top right hand corner of your account summary.

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