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If you carry out any sort of construction work and you’re wondering how to register for CIS (Construction Industry Scheme), we’ve got you covered. Just read on!
To become a CIS contractor or CIS subcontractor, follow these simple steps:
HMRC operate a CIS helpline as well as online services, so if you need a hand or have a question, you have two options:
When contacting HMRC, you’ll want to have your national insurance number to hand and be prepared to answer some security questions.
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 wages will have 30% tax deducted from them instead of 20%.
When you register for CIS, deductions are either reduced to 20% or removed altogether. This depends on whether you register for net payment status or gross payment status.
The two main properties of net payment status are that:
The main benefit of choosing net payment is that your contractor will only withhold 20% of your earnings, instead of 30%. It’s a no brainer for us, really.
It’s still possible to overpay taxes using this route, but you can simply claim a refund.
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 via self assessment tax return.
However, not everyone is eligible for gross payment status. To get this status, you need to meet the following criteria:
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