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UTR Numbers For the Self Employed

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If you are self employed and you are looking for a UTR number, you need to know that the process is not as difficult as a lot of people tend to believe. Being self employed is one of the things that many people desire. The fact that you are your own boss, that you set your own goals, and that you work for yourself, are some of the most tempting features of working for yourself. However, it is also important to note that being self employed comes with its own responsibilities. One of these responsibilities is that you have to sort your own tax matters.

The first thing that you need to do in order to get your Unique Taxpayer Reference number, as someone who is self employed, is to ensure that you get in touch with the tax office and you notify them of the fact that you are working for yourself. Once you notify them about this, they will then send you a unique 10 digit number which they will use in their correspondence to you.

How long will it take to get a UTR Number?

The whole process normally takes around four weeks, but often tax offices can have delays (especially at the end of the tax year) and because of this it can sometimes take longer. You can contact your local tax office on the phone or by post if you want to check the status of your number.


It is important to note that no matter how eager you are to get your UTR number, it is not possible to get one online or over the phone directly.You will only be able to receive the information through the mail. Although this might cause you some delay and some inconvenience, it is important to keep in mind the fact that this is actually being done for your own safety.


Once your UTR number arrives, it is important to realize that you need to keep it in a safe place. Being self employed may result in you having to give your UTR number to your accountant or other organizations which could put you in a tricky position. It is up to you to determine whether you are willing to provide your UTR number to these organizations, and remember to only give it to people you trust or who are authorised to see it.

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57 Responses to “UTR Numbers For the Self Employed”

  1. Sara says:

    I have been employed for the last 7 years and want to start my own business. How do I get a self employmenet number?

    • admin says:

      Sara: Your local town or city should have a tax office. Contact your nearest tax office and let them know that you want to apply for a UTR number. They should be able to help you obtain one.

  2. dex says:

    Isn’t there any way to get the UTR faster? Someone told me that you can go in person at an office and get it straight away is that true? i looked all over the web and i couldn’t find any relevant info.

    Thank you.

  3. Eduardo says:

    I was trying to self-assess online for tax return, as I might have overpaid a little, but website wants the UTR number.
    I have payslips, P45,P60s, but I can’t find it. The only number that says Tax Reference has a “/” and letters on it.
    Do I need to ask for one if I want to do it online?

  4. Karen Spondike says:

    I registered as self-employed on 19.10.2010 and still have not received a UTR number. Is this unusual? Also, am I to fill out a self assessment for 2011, or will my first assessment be for 2012 as I have only been registered from October 2010 until now, January 2011.

    Thank You

  5. Paul Reeve says:

    I am currently renting a house out do i need to register self employed so that i can get a UTR?

  6. tom says:

    Im working as self employed 5 month.I got NIN ,but i need UTR number,can i register for UTR number ONLINE?

    • admin says:

      tom: You will need to register with your local tax office. This can not be done online, but it can be done in person or over the phone.

  7. tom says:

    if i want get UTR number , in HMRC i should registered as SELF EMPLOYED or SELF ASSESSMENT ?? Thank you

  8. Ioana says:

    Hello! I’m working as a nanny and in cleaning,i have national insurance number, i want to apply for UTR on line and than i need to apply for yellow card as self employed? thank you1

  9. Anthony Dallinger says:

    I’ve just registered as self employed and am waiting for my UTR number – however i’m not going to get this before 31st January – what do I do? Will I get fined?

  10. sumesh says:


    I applied for UTR NO on 27/12/10 still waiting its 6 weeks n too long wait and very inconvenient can any one please pick up my application ( I did it online ) and process it please.. I am ready to pay additional fee for fast tracking.

    Many thanks

    • admin says:

      sumesh: I would contact your local tax office where you registered as self employed and see if they can chase this up. We are not HMRC, we are just an information website that helps people with their UTR problem.

  11. sumesh says:

    Ohh thx I really appreciate it


  12. ionut says:

    i have utr number but i dont have nino.. now i work self employer and they stop 30% from my many.. Please tell me if is normal to take 30 % and not to take just 20 %. i wait for a answer …thx

  13. Sakthivel says:

    I registered as self-employed on 22.12.2010 and still have not received a UTR number. Is this unusual? After my registration i received a email it’s confirm my application is received. But still i’m not yet get the UTR number. Please tell how long HMRC take to provide the UTR number.

    Thank You

  14. John eavis says:

    Have been self employed for 8 years and have just started up my own business needed to no if I use my personal UTR or need to get a separate one for my business.

  15. Sakthivel says:

    Hello sir,

    Is there any progress in my self-employed registration. Please provide your comments.

  16. chris says:

    Do I need a utr for my limited company?

  17. chris says:

    it’s easy to register for a UTR but difficult to get one so far I have been waiting a month

    also after registering as self employed they have sent me a national insurance bill but not the form to apply for the exemption as a low earner (my self employment is infrequent and in spare time, I work full time at near minimum wage) I cannot pront the online version as I don’t own a printer or have access to one and you must part complete the form online before it lets you commence printing and you cannot save it to email it to a comp with a printer !!!

    further more one major client is insisting I provide a UTR before they pay me but there is little or no legal information online on the HRMC website that lets me know were I stand

    all very confusing :(

  18. Sakthivel says:

    thanks for your phone call, i got my utr number.

    thanks for your helpfull service.

  19. Doug Holmes says:

    I’ve applied for a UTR in January, and I’m still waiting (it’s March). However, I *was* self-employed five years ago, and informed HMRC at the time that I was entering full employment for another company and that I would be no longer self-employed.

    Is my old UTR still valid?

    I’ve also been told by HMRC that I have to pay for a non-payment of S.E. tax for last year – when I was employed by a university, and not in any way self-employed… what do I do?

    Many Thanks.

  20. gintaras says:

    I registered as self-employed on 17.02.2011 and still have not received a UTR number. Is this unusual? After my registration i received a email it’s confirm my application is received. But still i’m not yet get the UTR number. Please tell how long HMRC take to provide the UTR number and how to know it,because i need to say it to my job

  21. ovidiu says:

    Hello! I would like to apply for the utr number but i don’t have yet NINo.I’m romanian and i work as a self-employed. It is possible to get the utr number???

  22. sokol mahmutaj says:

    i have recently applied for a utr number over the phone roughly 2 weeks ago my company recently told me that they need that number asap for me to continue to work there or i will be at risk of loosing my job would you please be kind enough to send me the number asap

    thank you for you’re understanding

  23. Shane says:

    Do i need 2 be registered as self employed b4 i can apply for utr number?

  24. legoff says:

    registered as self employed middle of febuary,still have no utr.have done work for a local firm but they are unable to pay me as i have no number as they need to pay my tax.impossible to get through to the tax office.any ideas.

  25. Will says:

    I’m really keen to sign off JSA and onto working tax credits, working 30+ straight away at starting up my own internet business
    This 4-8 week wait for a UTR is very off putting, as I’ll have to sign off all benefits during that period.

    As an unemployed JSA signee do I have a tax code I could use on the WTC form instead of a UTR? I worked a year ago, could I use my old tax code? Or maybe there’s a grace period for JSA? Anything to close the gap, please!

  26. syed hassan rizwan says:

    my name is hassan rizwan, from london, my wife applied for self employed and payed the tax as well, but haven’t got the utr no yet. can u help me?

  27. Paulina says:

    I registered as self-employed on 29.03.2011 and still have not received a UTR number. After my registration i received a email it’s confirm my application is received. But still i’m not yet get the UTR number. Please tell how long HMRC take to provide the UTR number?

  28. adina_m says:

    Hi, Can I register for UTR without holding a National Insurance Number yet?

  29. Marek says:

    I have just registered to become self employed.Will I get paid without a UTR number.How long will I have to wait.

  30. Denisa says:

    Dear admin ,

    My name is Denisa Popovici and I`m from Romania ..I just want to know ,if I`m working like self employed ,I can apply for UTR number,but at what helps me this number ?Do I have to give this number to my client (the person who I work for..)and they will gonna pay my taxes every month ?We have an accountant,but I don`t want anymore to pay the taxes at the end of the year because it is to much !Sorry if my question is not to clever .Thank you very much .

  31. Ileana Tamash says:

    I have registered for UTR since 8 May 2011,but i diid not recieve it yet.what can i do?

  32. Sid says:

    I have recieved a UTR number and was wondering is that all i need to work around europe as self employed, or do i need to apply for a vat number too?

    Can anybody help?

  33. Mariyan says:

    Hi my name is Mariyan Valkov
    I registered as self-employed on 11.07.2011 and still have not received a UTR number. Is this unusual? After my registration i received a email it’s confirm my application is received. But still i’m not yet get the UTR number. Please tell how long HMRC take to provide the UTR number.
    Thank You

  34. unorthodox says:

    I have a Utr number from last year but have not used it….. now im self employed. Do I need a new one or can I use the one from last year?

  35. Anonymous says:

    I registered as self-employed on 11.08.2011 and still have not received a UTR number. After my registration i received a email it’s confirm my application is received. But still i’m not yet get the UTR number. Please tell how long HMRC take to provide the UTR number? thank you wojtek

  36. Darren says:

    Hello i have been working for a company and when going to pay me he said he couldn’t verify me even though i gave my utr number. so had to pay 30% tax. What do i do?

  37. jalek says:

    I have made my own self employers 10.4.2010 and from that time I do not have a number UTR. What should I do to get this because I want to pay tax online? But I do not unfortunately know the number UTR because I also didn’t know there was such thing. What should I do?

  38. Anonymous says:

    I used to be self employed and had a UTR number though went employed so didn’t need it! Can I use my old UTR number or do I need to get a new?

  39. jenny says:

    I am self-employed and consultant for a company. Can the company insist on having proof of self-employed registration / UTR before paying me? Help is appreciated! Jenny

  40. Anonymous says:

    i need a u.t.r number i have only worked fore days and now been layed off my boss said i dont get payed untill i get it i now have to sine back on i have a family is that true u dont get payed

  41. Anonymous says:

    dear sir/madam

    i am student here in london and same time am i working 20 hours per week. can i apply for UTR? if yes . what doc do i need? please do find 5 min.. to replay my question.

    Many thanks


  42. Anonymous says:

    help. the UTL number that the tax office keep sending me is 12 digits long, not 10. I keep ringing them and they keep sending me the wrong number. I am at my wits end trying to figure out how to get the correct number. I sent in a non compliance form on 30 Jan. Now its 26 Feb and I am in danger of getting a fine of £1000.

  43. Anonymous says:

    I have been Given a utr number off hmrc but i am trying to get paid off a insurance company that say it isn’t recognised when they try and put the payment through. Tried ringing HMRC but always put on hold for ages so end up hanging up. any ideas?

  44. Anonymous says:

    i habe a cscscard, and nin card a dong card and csi card and dci card do i need auTR card as weell

  45. Anonymous says:

    I worked for a company, they laid me off and I now work for them as a temp. I have been working since Dec and have just been told I have been self employed. Will I be given a fine for not paying tax yet??? I am about to try and self assiss and get my UTR. I was told my hourly rate and know one told me they werent doing my TAX like before. Any answers would be great!!!

  46. Anonymous says:

    I have a UTR number and my self-employment staus really involves me working around my full time job, so far after recieving it since November 2011 I’ve only used it for two jobs recieving £110 although I have had to spend £120+ on expenses. Would anyone know If it is worth taxing £10?

  47. Anonymous says:

    Can i still get paid b4 my utr comes through?

  48. Anonymous says:

    I need to know that could I get UTR no without NI no???

  49. ana maria says:

    hi i closed my utr nr and now .i want to open again how i do that?

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