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How to Apply for a UTR Number When Self Employed

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.

    2. Telephone

    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.

    3. Mail

    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.


14 Responses to “How to Apply for a UTR Number When Self Employed”

  1. kerrie falkiner
    13. Jun, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    i am maybe due to be made redundant and would like to apply for a utr number now, just in case i do become unemployed by my employer, i can go straight out there and work on my own..
    is this possible to have a utr number AND be employed by an employer that already takes off and pays my taxes for me.,, or shall i wait until i have become unemployed before applying for the utr..

    • crina
      14. Jun, 2011 at 10:08 am #

      hi kerrie, you are self employed,where you from? don t can applied for utr number without national insurance number .

  2. Name
    13. Jun, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    what do i click on to apply for a utr number!?..

  3. ben ellis
    04. Jul, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    I have recently applied for self employment and was wondering how long it will be until I receive a utr number as its potentially holding up I am waiting to apply for CIS and want to avoid 30percent deductions .

  4. Anonymous
    12. Aug, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    i have been deducted 30 per cent of my pay as waiting for utr numb . Can i claim some of this money back?

  5. Anonymous
    17. Aug, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    I had a UTR when I was self employed. I have been employed now for 2 years. Can I still use my old UTR?

  6. TIM
    19. Sep, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    Hi I have been unemployed for some time now.
    I have found that I am being asked for a UTR number when chancing job.
    I am being told that I need the UTR number before I can start, but the tax office tell me I need to have started work as a self employed person to get the number.
    So by the time I ring back the job has gone.
    So cane some one tell me why I can not have the UTR number when I am out of work, So that I can find work can any one help please thanks?

  7. edward connick
    28. Sep, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    I was self employed 13 years ago,I went on to paye about 1998 is my old utr number still valid as Iam going back to self employment,

  8. Scott
    09. Jan, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    I have not received my UTR, consequently I have not been able to self asses prior to the 31st of January will this be an issue?

  9. Esther
    28. Jan, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    I have not received my UTR number …So I can’t do my taxes on time to the 31st of January … How can I get a UTR number in emergency ?

    05. Feb, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    my wife is in employment with the council working max 20 hrs a week.She is looking at doing some self employed cleaning hours on top of that max 10 hrs a week.
    Does she need another tax number as she will be doing the two jobs.
    Mr Francis

  11. Anonymous
    10. Feb, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

    how long does it take for UTR to be processed.

  12. Jay
    05. Mar, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    I am currently full time employed, and would also like to carry out contractor work at the same time.

    Can I apply for a UTR number, being employed at the same time?


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