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Register For CIS - The Construction Industry Scheme
If you are self-employed contractor or a subscontrator, then you are required to register for the
Construction Industry Scheme (CIS). Register Today, call us and we will take care of the process for you.
Register for CIS
- What is CIS?
CIS stands for Construction Industry Scheme. The scheme controls how payments to subcontractors within the construction industry, as well as other businesses, are handled. CIS covers construction work that is carried out inside the UK, by local and overseas companies.
How can I register with CIS?
If you have a National Insurance Number as well as a UTRN (unique tax registration number), it will only take a few days after you register to receive your unique CIS reference number by post.
If you do not have an N.I. Number or UTR Number, your CIS registration may take up to 6 weeks.
What is UTRN?
UTRN - is a unique tax registration number. This is given to you, when you register as Self-Employed. You must be registered as Self-Employed to apply for CIS.
How long does it take to register for CIS?
This will depend on your current employment status. If you are already registered as self-employed your CIS registration will take only a few days. If you are not yet registered as self-employed, it may take up to 6 weeks to register you with the CIS.
Why do I need to register for CIS?
If your employer in the construction industry decides to employ you as a self-employed individual then your must complete CIS registration. If subcontractors are not registered appropriately with HMRC before the first payment is completed, they may be charged penalties that can range from £100 to £3000.
- Do I qualify for CIS?
CIS applies to contractors and subcontractors. Under the rules, a contractor is a business that engages subcontractors for construction operations, or a business that spends on average £1 million or more a year over a 3 year period on construction operations.
You are a classed as a subcontractor if you are doing construction work for a contractor in any form. This means that the work can be done by you yourself, by people you are employing, by subcontractors that you are employing or by any other arrangements.
In summary, CIS applies to all businesses that work within the construction industry in the UK. It includes:
• Self-employed individuals working as sole traders
• LLP (Limited liability partnerships)
• Labour agencies and staff bureau
• Gang masters/leaders
• Property developers
How often do I need to register for CIS?
You only need to register for CIS once under the scheme. Keep in mind, however, that if circumstances regarding your employment status change you must inform the Tax Office to ensure that you are paying the correct amount of tax.
Once I am registered for CIS then what next?
After you receive your unique CIS tax payer number, you need to make monthly returns to the HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs). When you register, HMRC will send you a contractor pack that includes a CIS300 form. This is the monthly return form you would need to send back.
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