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CIS card

The CIS card is a card that shows that you’re a self-employed construction worker registered with the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS).

It’s not the same as the CSCS card – that one shows your skills and qualifications instead.

After you register, your contractor will deduct 20% from your salary, which is sent to HMRC. Because often this is more than you should be paying, you can claim a refund in April of the following year. For most CIS construction workers, this tax rebate is about £2,000.

If you don’t have the CIS card, it might be because:

  • you’re employed by an umbrella company or agency instead of the building company
  • or you’re charged tax at 30% of your salary.

Check with your contractor.

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