How to register for CIS

How CIS registration works - step by step

  1. Register for HMRC's online service and enroll for self-employment
  2. You'll get your Government Gateway ID (email) & UTR number (by post)
  3. Register for CIS at HMRC's website using your government gateway ID
  4. Choose your CIS payment status - net pay or gross pay (more details about it below)
  5. Done.

Why do I need to register for CIS?

If you're self employed and working in the construction industry then you have to register for the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS).

If you don't, then your payslips will have 30% deducted from them as taxes and given to HMRC as tax payments on your behalf.

When you register for CIS these deductions are reduced to 20% when you register for "net payment" status and removed entirely when you register for "gross payment" status.

Difference between gross pay and net pay status

Net payment status

  • Taxes withheld: 20% instead of 30%
  • Everyone qualifies.

Main benefit of choosing Net Payment is that the tax withholdings made by your contractor will be reduced to 20%.

You'll still likely end up overpaying your taxes and need to claim a refund.

Gross payment status

  • Taxes withheld from your payments: 0%
  • You need to meet qualifications criteria.

With gross payment status HMRC will no longer ask your contractor to withhold tax payments so it is your responsibility to calculate and pay your taxes.

However in order to get this status you need to meet the following criteria:

  • You've paid your taxes on time in the past
  • Your turnover is over £30,000
  • You're doing your business payments through a bank account.

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