Have you recently become self employed? If so then you may need to apply for a unique tax payer reference (UTR) number from HMRC. It is important to make sure that you have registered and have all the correct paper work as it is your responsibility to ensure your status is correct. This article will outline the three different ways in which you can go about applying for a UTR Number from the Inland Revenue.
What is a UTR Number
A UTR number is a ten digit number that is given to you by HMRC when you become self employed.
How To Get a UTR Number
- If you need to apply for a unique tax payer reference number, HMRC give you three options on how you can apply for one:
1. Register Online For Your UTR Number
If you are self employed, a sole trader, own a business owned by one person or are in a joint partnership you can apply for a UTR Number online. This is the quickest and easiest way to register and HMRC are encouraging people to use this route to register.
If you do not have access to the internet or would prefer to register for your UTR on the phone, you can call your local tax office between 8am and 8pm. The phone number for your local tax office will vary depending on where you are located in the country. You can find the phone number of your local tax office by looking in your phone book or using HMRC’s website.
If you would rather apply for your UTR number in writing, you have the option of completing a CWF1 form (‘ Becoming self-employed and being registered for National Insurance contributions and/or tax’). Once you have completed this form you should send it to your local tax office (again you can find the address of your local tax office by looking online or in your phone book)
If you have any questions or need any help in applying for a unique tax payer reference number, please leave a comment below and someone will hopefully get back to you shortly.