How to Find My UTR Number

Updated February 21, 2017

A Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) is a number issued in the United Kingdom to self-employed individuals who need to report their own taxes. The governmental department responsible for issuing UTRs to individuals is Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Your UTR is different from your National Insurance Number, which is used for health, social security and pensions. There are several places where you can locate your UTR.

Gather your tax documents, including tax returns, notices to complete tax returns, and statement of accounts from HMRC.

Inspect your documents for the UTR. The UTR can be found on all of the above documents.

Contact your local tax office for assistance. Your local tax office will be able to give you your UTR.


To find your local tax office, navigate to the HMRC Enquiry Centres web page listed in Resources. Enter your location on the "Find" box, then press "Find."

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Stephanie Ellen teaches mathematics and statistics at the university and college level. She coauthored a statistics textbook published by Houghton-Mifflin. She has been writing professionally since 2008. Ellen holds a Bachelor of Science in health science from State University New York, a master's degree in math education from Jacksonville University and a Master of Arts in creative writing from National University.