How do I get my company’s unique tax reference?

How do I get my company’s unique tax reference?

Quick Answer

Your company’s unique tax reference (UTR) will be issued by HMRC and delivered to your registered office shortly after company formation.

When you register a limited company with Companies House, HMRC will be notified shortly thereafter, and issue your new company with a unique tax reference (UTR).

HMRC will enter your company’s details onto their database and send a letter to your registered office address with your company’s tax unique reference. This is a 10-digit number that is sometimes referred to as a corporation tax Reference.

Where to find your unique tax reference

The unique tas reference will be printed next to a heading like ‘Official Use’, Tax reference’ or ‘UTR’. You will also find this number on most other forms of statutory communication from HMRC, including the Notice to Deliver a Company Tax Return. Please do not confuse your Company UTR with the personal UTR that is issued to individuals upon registering for Self-Assessment.

The purpose of your unique tax reference

The UTR is an extremely important number because you will require using it to register your company for corporation tax, file Company Tax Returns, and pay corporation tax online. The initial letter that contains your UTR will explain your company’s tax obligations and the information you will require submitting when your company begins trading.

Company information required by HMRC

Within 3 months of carrying on any kind of business activity or receiving any form of income, you must register your company with HMRC as ‘active’ for corporation tax purposes. At this time, you should provide the following information for HMRC:

  • Company name and registration number (CRN).
  • Start date of trading activities – this will determine the start date of your first corporation tax accounting period.
  • Principal address where business activities are carried out – this may or may not be your registered office address.
  • Principal business activities carried out by your company – you will require a SIC code for this part.
  • Date you will make your company’s annual accounts up to – this is known as the ‘accounting reference date’ (ARD), and it will likely fall on the anniversary of the last day of the month of company formation.
  • Notification if you have taken over an existing business or are part of a group.
  • Details of all company directors – full name, home address, NI number.
  • Notification of appointing an agent (accountant or tax advisor) to deal with your company’s tax affairs, if applicable.

Shortly after submitting this information, HMRC will send another letter to your registered office confirming the deadlines for paying corporation tax and delivering Company Tax Returns. Generally, corporation tax should be paid electronically within 9 months and 1 day after the end of each accounting period; tax returns should be filed online within 12 months after the end of each accounting period – remember, you will need your UTR to complete these tasks.

By Rachel Craig at Rapid Formations – Follow Rachel on Google +

Leave a Reply

7 Comments on "How do I get my company’s unique tax reference?"

Notify of

1 month 1 day ago

Hi, today I was in the bank. And have a problem with the account opening. I have NIN but they still need letter from it to proof my address. Bur I have my NIN maybe 6 years already, and I ave no idea where the letter is, and I just moved to UK 3 weeks ago agen. so the question is- WHERE I MUST TO CALL TO GET THE ( HMRC Tax Code (UTR) notification letter- must state National Insurance number too) Thats what the note says on the paper I got from the bank. THANKS FOR THE ANSWER

mark slatter
1 month 15 days ago

I have been trying for the past 4 months to get a UTR number. I have phoned and been kept on the line for over 45 minutes each time. When I eventually got through 3 weeks ago, a lady took my details and said
to expect my UTR in the post either late that week or the following week. 3 weeks later I am still waiting.
I tried today again to phone, but no response, just kept on-line saying “we will be with you shortly”.
I am trying to run a business and need this number. Can some-one please tell me what to do. My local Tax office said they cannot help. Desperate……..Mark

Steven Smith
1 month 18 days ago

Great post

Eamonn Hughes
4 months 18 hours ago

I need a letter from HMRC confirming my company name and address and UTR.
But I cant find a number to call of a request form.

Set up a Limited Company

With a free business
bank account

From £13.99 plus VAT

Find out more