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Kristian Charles Williams

Kristian Charles Williams

Sep 25, 2021

What the heck is a UTR number?

A UTR is a number assigned to you by HMRC to enable you to submit your annual Self-Assessment Tax Return.

What the heck is a UTR?

Amazingly a UTR is nothing to do with your urinary tract. However, it is a mandatory number for you to report your self-assessment tax return to the HMRC (so could be equally painful ;-)

What is a UTR number?

UTR stands for ‘unique taxpayer reference’ and is a unique 10 digit number (often ending with a 'K') that HMRC gives to each self-assessment taxpayer to work out their taxes and complete your UK tax return.

Like a digital tattoo, once assigned your UTR number stays with you until the end of this life - in the same way as your NINO (National Insurance number). And here at TAXO'D we have no evidence that you are not implanted with it for your journey into the next life/lives.

Do I need a UTR number?

If you are about to submit a self-assessment, then YES you need to get a UTR number. You also need one:

  • if you are Self Employed
  • if you earn more than 100k annually
  • if you own a Limited Company
  • if you made a profit from capital gains, dividends or savings

If in any doubt - See here for an all-encompassing list direct from the HMRC

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How does one get a UTR number?

Unlike your NINO (National Insurance number) your UTR does not just arrive on your doorstep just before your 16th birthday courtesy of the UTR fairy. You need to register for it with the HMRC in one of the following ways:

  • ONLINE: Register for self-assessment online via the HMRC website. You will then automatically be given a UTR number which will be sent out to you by post (possibly by a UTR fairy)
  • TELEPHONE: Call HMRC (0300 200 3310) and apply for your UTR number over the phone, obviously you will have to answer a few questions and know your NINO (National Insurance number)
  • POST: You can request a UTR number in writing to HMRC. This will be (by far) the slowest way to get your UTR number so allow up to 8 weeks.

Information needed to get a UTR number

To register, you will need the following:

  • Name
  • Address History
  • NINO (national insurance number)
  • DOB (date of birth)
  • Phone number
  • Email address

If you run your own business, you will also need:

  • The date you started
  • Nature of business
  • Business address
  • Business phone number

If you have lost your UTR number?

DOH! Simply call the HMRC self-assessment helpline (0300 200 3310). 

and have your NINO to hand. (you may have guessed, we at TAXO'D love the acronym .. NINO!)

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Not fine with a fine?

No one is fine with a fine. Why is a fine even called a fine? As it's far from flipping fine! Am I right? If HMRC can not match your records to your UTR then you run the risk of missing deadlines. And a 'missed deadline' is a nice payola for HMRC. Every. Single. Time.

TAXO'D TOP TIP - Get yourself a UTR number in good time. In this life, it is definitively a much-needed companion to the joys of being self employed.

Fellow lovers of NINOS ..

Why not let TAXO'D tax return app for freelancers handle all of your tax woes?

We provide an end-to-end tax solution for all freelancers and most self-employed tax payers. Record as you go, know what you owe and file direct to HMRC. No Green Form. No More Accountants. All from your phone or desktop.

TAXO'D is a salary tax calculator. You record as you go (on your phone or your computer) day by day, throughout the tax year. As the weeks unfold and you are actively recording your income and expenses. With TAXO'D personal tax app - you will see in real-time displays the tax and National Insurance that you owe.With TAXO'D tax return software know exactly what tax you owe and when you owe it. Simple.

TAXO'D mobile tax tool does away with the need for an accountant, saving you further money and time. If you are earning money independently and responsible for your own taxes then sign up today. And find out why TAXO'D is the best self assessment software for freelancers and contractors.

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Disclaimer: This is simply a guide and should not be treated as tax advice. Contact HMRC directly if you need tax advice.

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Kristian Charles Williams

Head of Growth, Partnerships & Mugician

A freelance human and one that resides in creative industries. For the best part I have been an independent musician and a (not-so-independent) composer.

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