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UTR Number Inland Revenue

If you need to complete a tax return you may need your UTR number. A UTR number is a Unique Tax Reference number provided by the Inland Revenue. This article provides some answers to some common questions on the subject:

What is a UTR Number?
A UTR is a 10 digit, unique number provided by the Inland Revenue so that you can complete your tax return.

What is a UTR Number used for?
A UTR number is used to complete your tax return and is often used for correspondence with the Inland Revenue.

Where can I find my UTR Number?
You can find your UTR number on your Tax Return, a Notice to complete a Tax Return or on your Statement of Account. It can often also be found on other documation from the Inland Revenue but it will not be found on a notice of coding.

How do I get a UTR Number?
If you have not been given a UTR number already, you can contact your local tax office who will allocate one for you. You can find your local tax office using the Inland Revenue’s tax office locator tool.

Yahkub Tiamiyu - Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

How and where can I obtain my UTR Number?

Anonymous - Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

UTR number is to do online?

Anonymous - Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Does a persons UTR unique tax Reference change over time ie over a period of 10 years… And can people deduct a persons status from this number?

Thank you.. Mark

keith - Sunday, August 15th, 2010

I applied 2 weeks ago Iam still waiting.I wont get paid untill i get one. how long dose it take ?

TaxFix - Monday, August 16th, 2010

keith: It can take a few weeks to receive a UTR number from the Inland Revenue. They can often have backlogs which increase the length of time it takes to receive your number.

iggy - Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Why do I need a UTR number? Does my umbrella company not look after tax matters?

Anonymous - Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

how do i get a utr number online

Anonymous - Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

how do i get a utr number on line ? and if i get one,does it mean i am now self employed ?

a buckingham - Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

i done a job outside for a company power blasting a car park, they have now asked for a utr number but i dont have one, does the company need this number in order to pay me???

ray - Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

I applied 2 weeks ago Iam still waiting.I wont get paid untill i get one. how long dose it take ?

bobby - Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

why do you wait up to 2 to 6 weeks for a UTR number and not over the phone when signing up?

Vicky Cope - Friday, October 1st, 2010

We are a limited company and are being asked by one of our customers for our company U T R number how can I obtain this
if this is necessary?

Andrew Elliott - Friday, October 8th, 2010

I started a company called Elliott’s Potable Water Training Ltd. this year and I have been asked for my Unique Reference Number?
I have registered for Vat and corporation tax but I am not sure where to get this number?
Can you help?
My post code is CF81 8pp.

TaxFix - Friday, October 8th, 2010

Andrew Elliott: You should be given a UTR number when you sign up to do a self assessment tax return.

Andrew Elliott - Monday, October 11th, 2010

Please could you inform me how I apply for a UTR number?
I have been requested this by a future client that I am tendering work for.
Please advise of my next course of action.

Ruzhdi Mustafa - Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

I am working as self employed and I have asked for my UTR number at least 6 weeks ago and I haven’t heard anything. . Could you please get back to me as soon as possible.
Thank you

Ruzhdi Mustafa - Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

how long does it take before UTR to send it to you?

TaxFix - Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Ruzhdi Mustafa: I think you might have us confused with the HMRC, you should maybe contact your local tax office, they should be able to help you. There phone number and address is on the top of any correspondence from them.

Brian - Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

If I buy an off the shelf company will it have its own UTR or do I have to apply for one afterwards

michael - Monday, December 20th, 2010

how long before i get my utr number

Watts Electrical Ltd - Thursday, January 13th, 2011

I am trying to find out what the company UTR NUMBER IS Please could you tell me how to do this.

Ben Watts

David - Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

I applied in September for my UTR number and have still not received it. HOw can I fill my tas return on line without it?

Caroline - Monday, January 24th, 2011

I have notice that my utr number on earning statments are different then one on hmrc letter, please advice why is that and how will it effect me?

Thank you in advance

my utr number  - Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

i got my utr number about three weeks ago. But it does not work and why i have phone inland revence god know how now many times now.there say it fine but people i get payed through say it not working can some one help me please

TaxFix - Thursday, January 27th, 2011

my utr number: It is probably best to talk to your local tax office so that they can help you go through why your UTR number is not working.

TaxFix - Friday, January 28th, 2011

Caroline: You should try and reconcile why there is a difference between the two places that gave you different numbers. - Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Is a UTR the same ten digit number that was on the old IR Self Assessment-Statement of account ie
12345 67890 ? This was number I had previously when self employed prior to 2000, am now considering going self employed again.
How do I see response to this question? This is reason email address in name box

david phillips - Monday, February 14th, 2011

how do i confirm my utr number

TaxFix - Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

david phillips: It should be on your tax return or statement of account.

Jordan - Monday, February 21st, 2011

My son is 17 and has been offered a job alast. He can’t start until he has given them his UTR number. Looked on all the paperwork he has from Revenue but no 10 digit numbers. Where or how does he obtain this number.

Glen David Hollett - Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

I was self employed some years ago but have been unemployed for some years now, I have a what I think is my utr NO WHICH IS 10 DIGITS. Is this still valid if I become self employed again.

paul salisbury - Friday, March 4th, 2011

whats my utr number

paul salisbury - Friday, March 4th, 2011

can you tell me if my utr number is registered

michael stupart - Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

ive got a paye coding notice there is a tax reference number on it is that my utr number

sajmir  - Sunday, March 13th, 2011

i want too ask inland ravenue utr for my tax

james  - Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

whats number so i can get my utr number

Gaby - Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Do I need an IN to get a UTR?

martin - Friday, May 20th, 2011

Have set up a limited company and need a UTR, how do I get one?

Oxana - Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

How end Where can I obtain my UTR number?

sam - Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

how do i get my utr number on line

Tamsin Woodward - Friday, June 24th, 2011

Could you give me the phone number for me to get a UTR? I’d like to speak to someone about it.

auri - Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

my UTR number expired in 2007. ho to renew my number?

costi - Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

I have a question if someone can help me. I was in UK 2 years ago, and i worked with UTR number. in 2009 i came back to my country, and I requested my tax return. Now I want to come back in UK and I don’t know if my UTR number is sill available.

iain macmillan - Monday, July 18th, 2011

i have a cis card but my new employer is wanting me to have a utr number. How do i get this and is it on my card

Desislava Buchinska - Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Hello! I did my registration number UTR 1 month ago!-work for a company urgently needs-UTR because I could not pay me without it, how long and how is possible to get my UTR number?? ?

jim - Monday, July 25th, 2011

what number do i call to aly for my utr number?

LOL - Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

My UTR number has expired. How do i reinstate it?

liam - Thursday, August 25th, 2011

hi i was self employed about 8 years ago will my utr number be the same? even if i changed jobs and wasn,t self employed anymore.

neil taylor - Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

my utr number as just changed how do i get my new number?

Deisy - Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

i have needed from my UTR number!–i have a registration before 2 mounts —help me!!!

Ian Dunn - Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

i have tried ringing the tax office to try and get a UTR number but I am on the phone in a queue for a long time. Where I am working it is a non phone site and when I get home it is to late to ring!

Can I fill a form in on line?

Many thanks

Ian Dunn

Tristan Hurley - Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Hi, I recently registered as self employed and was told that my utr number would be on any correspondence I would receive from the Inland Revenue. I received a small letter that stated “Your income tax records are now held under the reference shown above. Please quote the full reference when you write or call. It will help us to find your records quickly.” There is a small box to the upper left-hand side of the card that says “reference” and underneath it there is 83/ZA43*** with my NI number below that. Just wondering does this mean my UTR number will be available to me now or do I have to wait for further correspondence? Thanks, Tristan.

sturzu liliana - Sunday, September 18th, 2011

where i have to call to change my name from utr number?

Shane Britton - Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Once i have my UTR number do I have to register it with anyone?

Adam - Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

I have recieved my UTR number from HMRC and have forwarded it on to the accounts department so I can get paid. They have contacted the HMRC to verify me and they are being told that they dont have any record of me. How can I check that the number given to me is correct? and will this stop my wages from being paid to me?

june allen - Friday, October 14th, 2011

even if you are not working do you stil pay tax based on what you might have earned,once you have your utr number?

manvir - Thursday, October 20th, 2011

i want to apply utr number

paul clements - Monday, October 31st, 2011

i have my own limited company, and sub contract, does the company i have need a utr number. as the company i sub contract to are stopping 30 per cent tax of invoice total

Luke - Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

I applied for my utr number but as of yet not received it

This was about 5 weeks ago

paul mundy - Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

im still paying 30% tax from a sub contractor and looking to find out what code i need to give the contractor so i get 20% off my money instead of 30%

bob - Monday, November 28th, 2011

Can i apply for a utr number on line

alastair perkins - Friday, December 2nd, 2011

why does it take so long to get a UTR number

stephen waterhouse - Saturday, February 4th, 2012

i am going to work for a sub contractor i took my utr number but he says it is the wrong number is there any other number i need if so how do i get one

craig - Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

i have a utr number but i dont know what it is and i need it to start work

warburton signs ltd - Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

We are a limited company and now need a UTR Number in order to be paid by one of our customers. How do we do this

Harshdeep Singh - Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

how to apply utr number

Laszlo Marczinka - Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Is it possible to get a temporary UTR number?

harvey - Monday, March 26th, 2012

since jan 2012 ive worked 2 weeks here and there and have paid emergency tax but i want to register my utr. do i have to fill out an assesmnt form as well?

darren sallah - Saturday, April 7th, 2012

i have just started with a new employer and have given them my utr number i received my first wage slip and i am paying 30% tax and i dont know why

Dean Youngblood - Monday, April 16th, 2012

I am currently looking for new fulltime work, and some of the vacancies I am interested in are requiring a UTR number can I apply for one as I am currently part time employed through the books

Vasil Georgiev - Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

I stilwaiting for my letter with the UTR number.I have start the procedure at 04/04/12.The name of the LTD is Boyanvasiljg. Please tell me what should i do!

mark cackett - Thursday, May 17th, 2012

how do i get UTR number

Paul M - Friday, June 1st, 2012

I was self employed for short period in 2010 and obtained a UTR number then. I have since been PAYE however after redundancy I have had to take a job which requires a UTR number. Can I use the same number or do I have to apply for a new one?

tracey - Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Hello, can anybody tell me about being paid from a contractor. One contractor i worked for paid me using my UTR number and have deducted the normal 20%. Another contractor is taking 30% off because they say that is what inland revenue is telling them to do. I know i have given them the correct number but she is insiting that she has to deduct 30%… is this person ment to call inland revenue to register out business on her pay system or something?

Ronan McCloskey - Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

I paye until october this year, had to go self employed i received a verification number,i am in the process of doing my tax return and need my utr number,

i was self employed about 3 years ago will my number be to same one, if so how can i get it

kim - Saturday, July 21st, 2012

how can i get a utr number on line

Tony Kerr - Friday, July 27th, 2012

My UTR number has been inactive for quite a while but I have recently started work again as Self Employed and registered as such. I have been having emergency tax stopped while waiting for my new UTR which I have just received, but HMRC have sent me the same UTR as before, have they reactivated the old one or have they made a mistake.

Ben - Thursday, August 16th, 2012

I need to reactive ate my utr number how do I do this

william carland - Monday, August 20th, 2012

can i get a utr number while im on jobseekers to give me a chance of getting work

jamie  - Friday, August 24th, 2012

can i get my utr number online ?

robert tucker - Thursday, August 30th, 2012

i ahve been out of work for a while will my utr no still be valid

Joe - Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

How long is a UTR number valid ? Does it needs to be renewed?

Cody - Friday, September 7th, 2012

Can two people share a UTR number?

liam - Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Can i use my old utr number after a year being employed

matthew - Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

What is the address to send off for my utr number. Have been told I have to request it by post.

SPK - Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Time taken to get a UTR number from Revenue and customs exceeds 6 weeks. Apparently they cannot cope with the level of requests.

Cris - Monday, November 26th, 2012

I had a utr 3 years ago and I had to leave uk but now I decided to come back .do I have to register as a self employed again to get my utr or I can contact revenue to reopen my old utr? Please can advice what I have to do as soon as possible

tim - Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

the company I working for are going in to insolvencey and we have been told to expect letters in the post for our redundency pay.I wish to go self employed but everyone I have spoken to say i need a utr number. At what time can I apply for this number not to hold up any work I may be able to start?

Lee - Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Does your utr stay the same forever or can it change if u switch from employed to self-employed a few times???

Lee Jarman - Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Does your tax status change from gross to less tax if you change from a sole trader to a ltd company

Sera Shute - Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

I had a self employed job 3 years ago, can I use the same utr number now?

markdeakin - Friday, March 22nd, 2013

im registered selfemployed but dont know my utr number how else do i get it as i dont have any documents with it showing

syle - Friday, March 29th, 2013

What kind of documents do I need to make my UTR number please help my

do i need to give utr no to customer - Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Do I need to prouduce utr no to customer before I receive payment is there any other way wilst am waiting for hmrc to issuse no

Kristina  - Monday, April 15th, 2013

Husband has been working PAYE but is now going back Self Employed, does his UTR stay the same?

Richard - Thursday, May 16th, 2013

I might be starting work on Monday I haven’t used my utr number for years how can I find out my number

p singh - Monday, May 20th, 2013

how do i get my utr number on line

TaxFix - Friday, May 24th, 2013

p singh: You should be able to find your UTR number on any correspondence from HMRC.

TaxFix - Friday, May 24th, 2013

Richard: It should be on your tax return or any correspondence from HMRC.

will tiley - Saturday, June 15th, 2013

what do i do while i wait for my utr

jason - Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

do i have to change my utr number if i change jobs while self employed.

Nikolay Georgiev - Saturday, July 20th, 2013

i want to check my utr number if is valid still?

TaxFix - Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Nikolay Georgiev: If you have any questions about your UTR number, you can contact your local tax office. The phone number should be on any recent letters from them.

anthony - Monday, July 29th, 2013

lost my utr number how do i retrieve it ??

TaxFix - Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

anthony: Look on any correspondence from HMRC. If you can not any, then contact your local tax office.