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Last edited 21 Dec 2021
Construction industry scheme CIS
The scheme was introduced in order to try and prevent the loss of revenue to the Exchequer arising from payments between contractors not being properly accounted for for tax purposes. For all contractors and sub-contractors who fall within scope, the obligation to account properly for tax and to apply deductions from payments made is clear and severe penalties automatically arise if the provisions of the scheme are not followed rigorously.
The definition of 'contractor' for the purposes of the scheme includes not just organisations traditionally considered to be contractors, but any organisation that spends more than an average of £1 million a year on construction operations over a three-year period (for example local authorities).
- Checking with HMRC that sub-contractors are registered under the Construction Industry Scheme (this can be done on the HMRC website);
- Paying sub-contractors in accordance with procedures laid down by HMRC once the sub-contractor has been verified. These include procedures for making deductions and for issuing payment and deduction statements, and
- Submitting monthly CIS returns to HMRC giving details of payments made to sub-contractors under the scheme.
In June 2014, the government launched a consultation into ways to improve the CIS by reducing the administrative burden it imposes. Some people within the industry have called for the scheme to be scrapped. Ref. Construction Enquirer Calls grow to scrap CIS tax scheme 11 July 2014. This consultation closed on 22 September 2014.
The government announced at Spring Budget 2020 a consultation on measures to tackle abuse of the CIS. A consultation document was published 19 March 2020 setting out proposals to tackle this abuse. Due to coronavirus the consultation was extended until 28 August 2020.
In November 2020, the government published a draft finance bill which included proposed changes to the CIS to tackle abuse ensuring HMRC can act quickly where the rules are being broken. A clarification to the cost of materials provision will remove scope for different interpretations of the existing rule, and deemed contractor changes are designed to prevent manipulation of the current rules so that a business can avoid operating the CIS.. Ref https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/changes-to-tackle-construction-industry-scheme-abuse
This article was originally created by:--Martinc 17:59, 19 June 2013 (BST)
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