Employment Status

Are you a contractor? If you work for someone else, it is important to know whether you are working for that person in an employed capacity or in a self-employed capacity as an independent contractor.

Your employment status will determine the charge to tax on income from your employment or self-employment. It will also determine the class of NICs, which are to be paid.

Umbrella Companies employ you for tax purposes and complete central returns for all their contractors. It's less hassle and more flexible for you but take home pay is typically less than that the limited company option.

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Situations When CIS Does Not Apply

Situations When CIS Does not Apply


Certain types of work that are linked to the construction industry aren't covered by CIS. For example, work done by businesses like architects and surveyors isn't covered. Fitting flooring like laminate and vinyl is covered by CIS, but carpet fitting isn't.

There are some situations when a business or organisation that would normally be a mainstream or deemed contractor may not have to apply the CIS rules for contractors. For example, certain businesses that would otherwise be deemed contractors don't need to apply the CIS scheme when they pay for construction work on property used for the purposes of their own business.

Property Types

The types of property covered by this exemption include offices, warehouses and nursing homes, as well as other facilities used by the business. The normal CIS rules for contractors also don't apply when:

  • A deemed contractor pays for a small construction contract of less than £1,000 - excluding materials costs - and has authorisation from HMRC to exempt it
  • A contractor pays a subcontractor less than £1,000 - excluding materials costs - to do construction work on the subcontractor's own property - or on any agricultural property where the subcontractor is the tenant - and has authorisation from HMRC to exempt it
  • The governing body or headteacher of a local education authority maintained school pays for construction work on behalf of the local education authority
  • A charitable body or trust - but not its trading subsidiary - pays for construction work

Private householders are never treated as CIS contractors, no matter how much they spend on construction operations.

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HMRC Compliance

It's the basics... Compliance with Tax, VAT, PAYE and fiscal arrangements is mandatory for contractors regardless of whether you use an umbrella company or your own limited company.

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