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.


  1. Mark drake says:

    I have my UTR number, it’s 13 numbers long but when typing it in to enrol for online self assessment i have taken off the first 3 also tried taking off the last 3 but neither are working, could you tell me why this may be?

  2. anthony says:

    lost my utr number how do i retrieve it ??

  3. Nikolay Georgiev says:

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

    • TaxFix says:

      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.

  4. jason says:

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

  5. will tiley says:

    what do i do while i wait for my utr

  6. p singh says:

    how do i get my utr number on line

  7. Richard says:

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

  8. Kristina says:

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

  9. do i need to give utr no to customer says:

    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

  10. syle says:

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

  11. markdeakin says:

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

  12. Sera Shute says:

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

  13. Lee Jarman says:

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

  14. Lee says:

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

  15. tim says:

    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?

  16. Cris says:

    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

  17. SPK says:

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

  18. matthew says:

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

  19. liam says:

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

  20. Cody says:

    Can two people share a UTR number?

  21. Joe says:

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

  22. robert tucker says:

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

  23. jamie says:

    can i get my utr number online ?

  24. william carland says:

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

  25. Ben says:

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

  26. Tony Kerr says:

    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.

  27. kim says:

    how can i get a utr number on line

  28. Ronan McCloskey says:

    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

  29. tracey says:

    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?

  30. Paul M says:

    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?

  31. mark cackett says:

    how do i get UTR number

  32. Vasil Georgiev says:

    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!

  33. Dean Youngblood says:

    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

  34. darren sallah says:

    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

  35. harvey says:

    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?

  36. Laszlo Marczinka says:

    Is it possible to get a temporary UTR number?

  37. Harshdeep Singh says:

    how to apply utr number

  38. warburton signs ltd says:

    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

  39. craig says:

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

  40. stephen waterhouse says:

    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

  41. alastair perkins says:

    why does it take so long to get a UTR number

  42. bob says:

    Can i apply for a utr number on line

  43. paul mundy says:

    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%

  44. Luke says:

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

    This was about 5 weeks ago

  45. paul clements says:

    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

  46. manvir says:

    i want to apply utr number

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