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What is a UTR Number

The Inland Revenue issue a number of different cards and numbers including: national insurance cards, CIS, cards and UTR numbers. Tax can be confusing at the best of times so we thought we would use this article to describe what a UTR Number is:

What is a UTR Number

A Unique Tax Payer payer reference number (or UTR Number for short) is a 10 digit number that the Inland Revenue provides you when you become self employed. There are three ways to apply for your UTR number from HMRC. After you have registered you should¬†receive¬†your UTR number in the post shortly afterwards. If you previously completed a tax return you should be able to find your UTR number on any old return or on a ‘notice to complete’ a tax return.

Let us know if you have any further questions in the comments below.

6 Responses to “What is a UTR Number”

  1. Jerome Dorsette
    16. Jun, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    Do you need to have a utr number before you start to work? If you are getting jobseekers allowance you could still apply for utr number? I am not working could i apply for utr number?

  2. Jerome Dorsette
    16. Jun, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    I would like to apply for my utr number

  3. Jerome Dorsette
    16. Jun, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

    So what must i do apply for my (utr)Uniquie Taxpayer Reference Number

  4. Niket Patel
    12. Aug, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    Hi, I am a overseas student in this country. If I get a job in construction, do I need an UTR number ? And if yes, will I get my tax back ? When ?

  5. Anonymous
    19. Apr, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

    i do have a utr but i dont know if i am eligible to work with itas i am romanian do i meed a nin ?

  6. Anonymous
    24. May, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    what if i have already done a few jobs before i have my utr no. ?

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