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The UK Construction Industry Scheme (CIS)

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What is Construction Industry Scheme (CIS)?

The CIS is a scheme that was introduced by HMRC in 1971 to help reduce the amount of non-compliance with employment law in the construction industry. The scheme applies to all companies who have employees working on UK construction projects and requires those companies to enrol their workers into the CIS. 

There are several benefits for companies who enrol in the CIS. Firstly, it provides assurance that your company is complying with employment law. Secondly, it can help you manage your workforce more effectively as you will have access to real-time information on who is working for you and how much they are being paid. Finally, it can help protect your business from any potential fines or penalties that may be imposed if you are found to be non-compliant with the law. 

Who must enrol in the UK CIS?

If you’re a subcontractor and a CIS contractor (you pay subcontractors to do construction work), you’ll need to register for CIS as both. You could be fined if you provide false information and so could anyone who helps you to make a false registration.

What are the benefits of enrolling in CIS?

The CIS is a scheme which enables construction workers to be paid through PAYE (Pay As You Earn). This system ensures that the worker is taxed in the correct way, and also allows the employer to reclaim any National Insurance contributions. The benefits of enrolling in the CIS are: 

  • Tax efficiency – as payments are made through PAYE, there is less paperwork and administration for both the worker and employer. 
  • Reduced National Insurance Contributions – as the employer can reclaim part of the contributions made, this can save money. 
  • Easier payment – wages are paid directly into the worker’s bank account on a monthly basis. 

Enrolling in the CIS is a simple process and can be done online or by completing a paper form. For more information, visit the HMRC website or speak to your local tax office.

Final Thoughts

The CIS is a valuable scheme that helps construction workers in the UK. It is important to understand the benefits and how to apply for the scheme so that you can take advantage of the many benefits it offers.

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