How Do I Find My Personal Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) Number?How Do I Find My Personal Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) Number?

Find Your Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) Number

If you're in the UK and dealing with taxation, you might have come across the term "UTR Number." This guide by GoForma aims to simplify the process of finding your Personal Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) number, an essential identification for tax-related matters.

If you're in the UK and dealing with taxation, you might have come across the term "UTR Number." This guide by GoForma aims to simplify the process of finding your Personal Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) number, an essential identification for tax-related matters.

What is a UTR Number?

A Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) is a distinctive 10-digit code assigned by HMRC to identify you for tax purposes. It's equivalent to your tax identity and is essential for managing your tax affairs effectively.

When do You Get a Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR)?

Typically, you'll receive your UTR number when you register for self-assessment with HMRC or set up a new limited company.

Where to Find Your UTR Number?

UTR Number in HMRC Document
UTR number
  1. "Welcome to Self-Assessment" Letter (SA250): Upon registering for self-assessment, HMRC sends a "Welcome to self-assessment" letter (SA250) which contains your UTR number. Make sure to keep this letter in a safe place for future reference.
  2. HMRC Correspondence: Your UTR number is usually mentioned in any communication you receive from HMRC regarding your tax obligations. Look for letters or forms related to self-assessment.
  3. Tax Returns: You can find your UTR number on any of your previously filed tax returns.
  4. Payment Reminders: When HMRC sends you payment reminders or notices for tax payments, your UTR number is usually mentioned to ensure proper identification.
  5. Notices to File Tax Returns: If you receive official notices to file tax returns from HMRC, your UTR number will be clearly stated within the document for your reference.
  6. Statements of Account: Your UTR number can also be found on statements of account or any official tax-related documentation provided by HMRC.
  7. Personal Tax Account: Login to your personal tax account on government gateway using your Government Gateway user ID and password. Navigate to the "Self-Assessment" section. Your UTR number will be displayed there.
  8. From the HMRC App: You can download the iOS App from the App Store or Android App from the Google Play Store, sign in to it and get your UTR number.

What to Do If You've Lost Your UTR Number

Contact HMRC:

HMRC has published a YouTube video to show how easy it is to find a lost UTR number. You can also call the Self Assessment helpline to request your UTR if you cannot find UTR using any of the above ways. Note that, HMRC cannot give your UTR out over the phone for security reasons, so it will take around 10 to 15 days to arrive in the post. If you have a limited company, you can request your Corporation Tax UTR Online and HMRC will send your UTR number to the registered business address. 

Want to Get a Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) Number?

If you have recently registered your business or just starting with one, read our detailed guide on how to get a unique taxpayer reference UTR number.

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