When HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) provide services, they want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.
These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:
You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them through Internet browser cookies - what they are and how to manage them (Opens new window).
HMRC use a first party cookie to identify unique visitors to their website.
allowing them to make improvements based on usage data. The
information in a cookie does not contain any personally identifiable
information you submit to our site.
In delivering HMRC secure online services HMRC use the following Cookies:
This cookie ensures that you are able to log in and access
Expires – End of session.
This cookie assists HMRC to authenticate your identity by capturing details of the device that you use to access HMRC services including your browser and other attributes.
This cookie is used to prevent unsolicited form submissions from malicious websites whilst you are logged in.
This helps HMRC determine which language you requested the page to be displayed in.
Allows you to return to search results pages, etc, without having to re-enter your search criteria.
This cookie ensures that if you visit the HMRC site via Business Link or DirectGov you will always see the correctly branded pages during your visit - and can navigate back again.