The CIS was introduced in response to perceived difficulties in compliance with UK tax laws and certain specific companies. It establishes an obligation for a construction company to deduct allowances from payments. Paid to a subcontractor to cover those allowances to HMRC. To deduct amounts from the payment to a sub-contractor for tax purposes. It also provides for the deductibility of expenses that are charged under the construction contract. The scheme was introduced to help reduce the amount of tax that would otherwise be charged. On the profits of a company by more than 5%. In addition, UK law allows construction companies to keep their overseas. Non-resident status and this is possible only if they pay tax in the UK.
Ways to Apply for a CIS
There are two main ways to apply for a CIS. A company can opt to apply directly for the scheme. It can appoint a UK tax consultant, an accountancy firm. A qualified private investor to represent it on behalf of the company and prepare the relevant applications. These agents are responsible for preparing the necessary documents and complying with the regulations about the scheme. If the company does not make a direct application for the CIS. It must appoint one of the above-mentioned agents and must provide details about its structure, activities, ownership and beneficiaries.
Major Benefit of the CIS
The major benefit of the construction industry scheme is that the payment to the sub-contractor is tax deducted from the gross profits that would otherwise be paid to the UK tax authorities. The payments made to the sub-contractor are generally. Tax-deductible up to an agreed period within which the company has to return. The excess payment to the UK tax authorities. Usually, the period of return is for three years after the payment has been made. This can be extended by a further five years at the option of the company. The payment to the sub-contractor is made in consideration of the expenses. That would otherwise have been incurred by the company in acquiring and maintaining the scheme.
A substantial number of people who are qualified to work for such schemes believe that they are more lucrative than ordinary contract jobs. This is because they do not require regular certification and do not come under the ambit of the National Insurance Fund (NIF). These contractors can be self-employed, temporary, part-time or permanent. Self-employed individuals will have to pay all the income tax deducted through the earnings and savings scheme. Temporary and part-time workers will have to pay a personal gain tax and this includes those contractors who are paid by the hour, or by the project.
Pay Tax on only a Part of his Gross Value
On the other hand, contractors who are self-employed or whose earnings are derived wholly or partly from the main job will have to pay tax on only a part of their gross value. Hence, the earnings and savings scheme does not apply to such contractors. The payment to the subcontractor will be tax deductible as per the provisions of the Income Tax Act 1992. Self-employed individuals need not be concerned about their classification as an individual for tax purposes when they are paid by the hour or by the project.
You Need not Pay for the Services of a Personal Accountant
However, the main advantage of becoming a self-employed or subcontractor is that you need not pay for the services of a personal accountant. The provision of accounting advice and the preparation of corporate tax returns are usually offered by the CIS. If you have any questions about your business, you can contact the consultant. You may also use the internet and contact a qualified CIS contractor who can give you advice on how to incorporate your construction work and the benefits of being a subcontractor.
As a Sole Trader
As a sole trader, your gross payment status is not affected by the activities of the company that employs you. Your expenses are only those incurred in running your business. Your costs for rent, employees, transportation and materials used in the construction of your building will not be subjected to the assessment of your gross payment status. It will be up to the government gateway, whether or not you qualify for self-employment benefits if you become a CIS contractor or self-employed individual. The classification is different from the one given to a sole trader in that the sole traders’ fees are already included in their gross income and are subject to taxation.
Self-registration contractors will only receive a payment if they produce the services agreed upon. The self-registration status of contractors working in the construction industry will be determined by the scheme under which they register with the CIS. However, the majority of the scheme allows for self-registration concerning all categories of projects irrespective of whether they have been contracted through the federal government or a private firm.