Creating a personal tax account can simplify how you manage your tax affairs and communications with His Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Increasingly, HMRC is encouraging businesses and individuals to open online accounts for submitting financial information and paying their tax liabilities.

When you register to pay tax, you’ll receive a Unique Tax Reference (or UTR).

This is not a Government Gateway ID, and will not allow you to manage your HMRC account online.

What’s the process for creating a personal tax account and what can it be used for?

How to set up a personal tax account

Setting up a personal tax account, also known as a Government Gateway account, is a straightforward process that should only take a few minutes.

Here are the main steps you will need to follow:

  • Visit the HMRC’s login page
  • Click the large sign in button
  • Click the button marked “Create Sign in Details
  • Enter your email address, and click

You should then receive an email to confirm your email address.

When you click on this, you will be taken to a page that gives your Government Gateway account User ID.

This is a lengthy digital string that is difficult to remember, so this page should be saved or printed and filed somewhere safe for when it’s needed.

By following these steps, creating a personal tax account should be a straightforward process for most people.

Adding services and tax accounts to your government gateway

Your Government Gateway account allows you to manage all of your tax and related affairs with HMRC through a single accessible platform.

Different taxes can be added to your account including Corporation Tax, Self-Assessment, and Pension Contributions.

Depending on the type of account you’re adding you may need to provide specific information or details.

This could include your UTR, National Insurance (NI) number, or other relevant identification.

You may also be asked to verify your identity before adding a new tax account to your Government Gateway account.

HMRC may also send you a verification code by text message or email.

Once added, you can then access and manage your tax and other accounts through your Government Gateway account.

This can include filing tax returns, making payments, viewing correspondence from HMRC, as well as accessing other tax-related services and information.

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If you have anything other than the simplest of tax affairs, it can be helpful to use the services of a personal tax advisor UK.

They will not only save you time but can also save you money and provide sound financial advice to help you enjoy more of your income.

Our specialist personal tax advice service can help you create more predictable finances, spreading the cost of your tax burden and building security for the future.

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