TAX BASICS

How To Register For A UTR Number? – Things To Know

The UTR (Unique Taxpayer Reference Number) is a ten-digit number. It is unique to each user and serves as a reference to HMRC. Therefore, it is critical, especially when dealing with taxes. The UTR number is used for a variety of purposes, including claiming a tax refund and submitting a self-assessment, to name a few. In order to better understand, let’s go over how to register for your UTR number and take a closer look.

Why do I need a UTR number?

A UTR number is used in a variety of situations, including the following:

  • While filing a Self-Assessment tax return.
  • To participate in the Construction Industry Scheme.
  • any type of tax refund or benefit.
  • If you need to contact HMRC, you will need to provide your UTR number.

Who Should apply for a UTR Number?

You must apply for a UK UTR number so that HMRC can identify you and your income and tax returns. Similar to a national insurance number, it shows the government how much you have paid in taxes and whether you are eligible for certain benefits, such as the government pension.

If you work full-time, you do not need to apply for a UTR number because your employer will handle all of your taxes. However, if you receive other types of untaxed income, such as from a side hustle, you may be required to register with HMRC in order to declare that additional income.

Students may also require a UTR number because everyone who works, regardless of age or education, is bound by the laws governing tax payment. However, you do not begin paying national insurance until you reach the age of 16.

A UTR number and a CIS number are not the same things. If you want to work in the construction industry, you must obtain a UTR number and also register yourself in the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS). Once you have registered for both, you will be issued a CIS card that will allow you to work in the industry.

What are the requirements for registering?

The UTR number serves as a means of identifying the user. As a result, the information required is general. The HMRC requires the following information:

  • Your name, birth date, and address
  • NIN (National Insurance Number)
  • Your phone number and your email address
  • Your company’s name, phone number, address and the nature of your business.
  • The start date of your self-employment.

How to Register for your UTR number?

You can obtain your UTR number by registering with HMRC for self-assessment. A two-to-three-week time frame is typical for the entire project. To register, please follow the steps outlined below:

  • You must sign up for the HMRC’s online services.
  • After you register, HMRC will send you your UTR number. You must enrol in Self-assessment, and it takes around a week to finish.
  • Once you have received your UTR number, you must log back in and enrol in Self-Assessment.
  • Once you’ve enrolled, the HMRC will mail you the UTR activation code, which will take another week.
  • After you have received the activation code, you can use it to activate your Self-Assessment. You must also use the code and activate the UTR within 28 days of receiving it.
  • You can also apply for your UTR number by calling HMRC at 0300 200 3310. Again, you’ll need to have your national insurance number handy, and they’ll ask for a variety of information to get you started.

You can apply for the UTR number yourself or have us do it for you.

How long is the entire process?

HMRC will issue your UTR number and mail you a letter with your UTR number once you have registered for one. It’s possible that this procedure will take up to six weeks.

How can I find my UTR number?

If you have misplaced or forgotten your UTR number, you can obtain it from:

  • A copy of the front page of your previous tax returns.
  • The letter from HMRC welcoming you to Self-Assessment.
  • Any notices or payment reminders from HMRC.
  • You can also check by logging into your HMRC account. The UTR number will be available in the Self-Assessment section as well.
  • In case you are unable to find it, you can also contact the HMRC helpline.

Please feel free to contact us with any more concerns or questions.

Sidharth Bharthan Menon
CEO, taxtotal​