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CIS card

The CIS card 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 which shows your skills and qualifications instead.

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

Do you have a CIS card? If not, don’t worry. It might be because:

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

To confirm, just double check with your contractor.

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