The Unique Taxpayer Reference is a 10-digit code that HMRC assigns to identify companies for tax purposes. A company will then need to use the code in all future correspondence with HMRC.
You may see the Unique Taxpayer Reference also referred to as the Corporation Tax UTR or simply the UTR.
How do I get my Unique Taxpayer Reference?
Conveniently you don’t have to do anything. HMRC is automatically notified of your company formation by Companies House.
Shortly after your company has been formed, HMRC will send a letter containing your UTR – as well as information about your local Corporation Tax office – to your company’s registered office.
When should I receive my UTR?
Your letter will be posted within 14 days of the company formation, so you should be in possession of it within 21 days. When you do receive the letter it’s worth making a digital copy, as well as storing it in a safe place.
If you formed your company with 1st Formations using any package that includes the registered office service, your letter will be scanned to you free of charge as soon as it’s received at our address.
I haven’t received my UTR, what shall I do?
Don’t worry. It’s a common problem but one that’s easily rectified as you can quickly request that your UTR be resent to your registered office. All you’ll need is your company name and incorporation number to hand.
We recommend waiting at least a month after your company formation before you make the request. This is because HMRC will not resend the code for a company that has only just been formed.
We hope you have found this blog post helpful. Please get in touch if you have any questions about the UTR or anything else related to company formations – and we’ll be happy to help.