CIS TAX RETURN & REFUNDS

You don’t need to be an expert or to know anything about tax to get your money — that’s what we're here for. Get an Instant Estimate on your CIS tax refund now! With just a few simple steps, you could get your money in days.

CLAIM BACK YOUR CIS TAX RETURNS NOW

If you work in any type of construction or labouring job, you will almost certainly be entitled to claim a Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) tax rebate. And we aren’t talking small numbers here either. The average take-home rebate is over £2,500.

We've helped joiners builders plumbers groundworkers plasterers - Just about everyone working in some type of construction job.

CIS TAX REBATE CALCULATOR

Find out how much CIS tax you could be owed with our CIS tax return calculator. This way you can quickly and easily estimate your CIS tax return online.

TAX REFUND CALCULATOR

Got any questions about your CIS tax refund calculator estimate? Get in touch with our expert team today! 

FIND OUT HOW EASY IT WAS CLAIMING MONEY BACK WITH US

We make claiming back your CIS tax refund quick, easy and hassle free but don’t just take our word for it! Check out our customer reviews and find out why people choose Tommy’s Tax when claiming their refund.

Nikol Jantosova
Nikol Jantosova
20:44 21 Jun 21
Tommy's tax are brilliant! They do everything for you and keep you up to date with how proceedings are going along.You get assigned your own agent who personally deals with your case. My agent in this case was Gemma who was extremely helpful and really really kind and friendly she was always on hand whenever I needed help or was asking her a question. Overall well pleased with my experience so far and will continue using Tommy's tax for the foreseeable. Can't thank you enough .
NADJIB KEMER
NADJIB KEMER
18:53 06 Jun 21
Tommy’s tax is great!! The app is simple to use, any questions and they are there on messenger straight away. Amazing customer service, very helpful and friendly staff, they go above and beyond to help. I would certainly recommend this company.
Stuart Chino
Stuart Chino
21:43 04 Jun 21
Was put into Tommy's tax by friends. Very happy with the service that is given and the app is simple to use as well. My last 2 tax returns have been dealt with by Charmaine who was very responsive to any questions I had, and kept me updated as to progress of my claims. Many thanks for the great service provided
Aaron Roberts
Aaron Roberts
09:16 24 May 21
This was my first time using Tommy's tax and I was immediately impressed. I has the pleasure of a young lady named Emily help me out. After filling the initial details she quickly went over everything in detail and helped me out with stuff I'd put it incorrectly or just forgotten to do. Fast, efficient and really helpful and professional.
greg preston
greg preston
15:05 11 May 21
I was recommended to Tommy's Tax by a friend who had used it. No headache here. Easy to use and friendly helpful staff guiding you every step. I would recommend this to anyone. In fact I already have and awaiting my commission. Thanks again Tommy's Tax.
Omar T
Omar T
14:15 30 Apr 21
After being recommended this service by a close friend of mine, I must say I was very pleased with everything overall. The app was very easy to set up and extremely user friendly. It made loading information about wage slips, p60s etc very simple. Once I had submitted all my information, the contact between myself and my account Emily, was prompt, very swift, thorough and she was extremely professional throughout. Any concerns or queries I had, she answered in a way where I could understand procedures and the process step by step which made everything effortless for me. So thank you very much your work and communications, they were very much appreciated and I have already informed two people who are now registered with Tommy’s Tax because of the great service I’ve had.
andre claude
andre claude
16:59 29 Apr 21
Absolutely fantastic could not believe how easy it was to get my money. They are by far the best company and customer service i have ever received. There were replying to messages at all hours. Fantastic
Michael Fenn
Michael Fenn
16:34 22 Apr 21
3 years worth of tax now and not had one single problem. Had Laura complete all 3 years now and again not one fault, very understanding if you’re like me and not very clued up with everything regarding your figures. Very helpful and gives very quick responses. Always feel in safe hands when Laura is handling my rebate figures. Would highly recommend 👍🏻
Sarah Ripley
Sarah Ripley
14:03 15 Apr 21
Used Tommy's Tax after a recommendation. My case was assigned to Georgia. Georgia was really patient and was able to answer all of my questions efficiently. She kept me regularly updated throughout and made the entire process really easy and straightforward. Overall I'm extremely pleased with the service.Highly recommend. 10/10.
Chris Mann
Chris Mann
16:45 09 Apr 21
Wouldn’t of known where to start with my taxes. Tommy’s tax made it so easy to upload the documents needed. And was quick and efficient. Would highly recommend this service to everyone.
Jordan Mcbride
Jordan Mcbride
09:18 09 Apr 21
Tommy's tax are brilliant! They do everything for you and keep you up to date with how proceedings are going along.You get assigned your own agent who personally deals with your case. My agent in this case was Gemma who was extremely helpful and was always on hand whenever I needed help or was asking her a question. Overall well pleased with my experience so far and will continue using Tommy's tax for the foreseeable.
Bobby Corbett
Bobby Corbett
03:07 08 Apr 21
I would give 6 stars if I could as they were absolutely perfect to work with.Got my rebate the fastest I’ve ever had it so I’m well impressed thank you
Hayley Ives
Hayley Ives
14:22 02 Mar 21
I decided to go with Tommy’s Tax because I had no idea how to do this myself. A lovely lady called Georgia was super patient with me and answered all my questions and explained what I had to do. I had no idea I was eligible to apply and have had a great financial rebate that will make a big difference in these times. Thanks Tommy Tax, Thanks Georgia
Eye Wano
Eye Wano
11:36 01 Mar 21
It was quick, easy and surprising! I didn't expect to get even half the amount of money I received! Laura, the tax assistant assigned to my file was great. Very quick to respond, helpful and very knowledgeable. Thanks Laura!
Scott Stubley
Scott Stubley
14:26 17 Feb 21
I heard about Tommy's Tax through a friend at work and they were fantastic. A tax rebate through an easy to use app is how it should have always been! Full credit to Laura who worked on my case and was on constant communication and helped with everything I needed. I already have a few friends/family in the process after seeing how easy it was for me.
Nancy Fernandes
Nancy Fernandes
20:01 12 Feb 21
My advisor Laura was very helpful. Had all my processes done hassle free. Thanks Laura. Answer to my questions handled in a appropriate way.
Craig Ripley
Craig Ripley
13:59 02 Dec 20
Decided to use Tommy's Tax after it was recommended by a friend. My case was assigned to Georgia, who was very helpful, knew everything I needed to do, and made the whole process really easy. I now have a nice little lump sum to come in handy for Christmas! Thanks Georgia.
Rose _
Rose _
20:57 25 Nov 20
I used Tommy’s Tax and Laura was assigned to me. She was efficient and professional. She was right with everything she said from start to finish. My money ended up coming even earlier than I expected. I’m more than happy to use her and Tommy’s Tax again.Thank you.
Hayley Powell
Hayley Powell
09:37 18 Nov 20
My friend told me about Tommys Tax app at the beginning of the month. I haven't been disappointed in the slightest. I was assigned Laura to manage my personal Tax account, she's been quick, efficient and communicated through out the process. Received a text yesterday saying Money has come in and will be debited into my account within 48hours, amazing service, over the moon to receive my refund and can't thank Laura and the rest of the team at Tommys Tax.Brilliant experience.
sanjidha baksh
sanjidha baksh
08:25 11 Nov 20
Tommy’s Tax honestly is brilliant. Very supportive and concise with instructions. The whole process took about 2 weeks. Tommy sent screenshots of the information I had to input into the app and Charmaine was always on hand answering my questions and queries. I have received my funds and it’s gone straight into my savings. Also, the great thing is £50 for referrals. I have lots of friends that I am now referring so that will be extra bits of money I can make on top of the significant amount I received for my Tax refund. Great service! Would absolutely recommend 🙂
Mark Page
Mark Page
13:48 12 Sep 20
Great service, was dubious at first but from start to finish had great help from Charmaine and others at Tommy's Tax.Highly recommended
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Here at Tommy’s Tax we strive to provide the very best experience for each and every one of our clients. During our time within the industry we’re proud to say we’ve been published in a number of top publications offering tips and advice.

WHAT IS CIS (CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY SCHEME)?

CIS or ‘Construction Industry Scheme’ tax is a type of tax that the government uses to collect income from people working in construction or construction-related roles across the UK. These deductions are then sent on to HMRC. They basically count as advance payments towards the tax and your National Insurance that you pay anyway. The HMRC does this as a way to prevent tax evasion. But what often happens is too many honest, tax-paying people end up paying too much tax as a consequence.

What Work Does CIS Cover?

You are almost certainly involved in a CIS scheme if your work includes any general building work, including:

- Site preparation work (such as laying foundations) - Demolitions - Alterations - Repairs - Painting and decorating - Installing systems such as water, lighting, HVAC units & more - Solar panel installation - Cleaning buildings and interiors at the end of construction work

If you are unsure if your work qualifies, we can check this for you.

What Work Does CIS Not Cover?

There are some jobs that are not covered by the CIS scheme, even though they might seem like they should be. Those are:

- Scaffolding Hire (but only if there's no labour involved)
- Carpet Fitting
- Surveying & Architecture Work
- Making Materials used in Construction
- Delivering Materials to Construction Sites
- Work that isn't construction related, even if it takes place on-site (such as working in a canteen).

Even if your line of work isn’t generally considered to be covered by CIS, you can still claim CIS tax returns if you are working one of the jobs listed here ALONG WITH a job that is covered by CIS. In fact, in that case, you can invoice all of the work under CIS.

So even if, for example, you did some painting and decorating, and then some carpet fitting, you would still be able to claim CIS tax on the whole sum — including the carpet fitting. Even though carpet fitting wouldn’t normally be covered.

WHAT IS A CIS SELF-ASSESSMENT TAX RETURN?

A CIS self-assessment is basically a way of disclosing your earnings to HMRC. This must be done every financial year if you are self-employed. As it is a way for the HMRC to check whether the advance tax contributions — your CIS deductions — have been overpaid or underpaid.

A CIS self-assessment tax return is when HMRC finds out that you have overpaid on your tax contributions and returns that money to you. But if the government can avoid paying out, they will. Not to mention the fact that completing a CIS self-assessment can be long, confusing and boring.

That’s why so many people ask the tax experts to look over this on their behalf. And because experts can look at everything very closely, they often find that HMRC owes you even more money. Meaning that, a lot of the time with expert help, your CIS tax rebate is even larger than if you did it yourself.

WHAT IS THE CIS TAX DEDUCTION RATE?

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), according to their official website, makes the following deductions:

20% for registered subcontractors
30% for subcontractors who are unregistered
0% for subcontractors with ‘gross payment’ status

As you can see, by registering you can save 10% on your CIS tax deductions. You can do this by giving your employer your Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) number.

If you don’t know this, we can get a UTR number sent out to you quickly. HMRC like to have your UTR number so that they can easily see who you are. If your employer does not have it and show it to them, then the taxman will effectively punish you by increasing your overcall CIS deductions to an extra 10% of your total wages.

HOW DO CIS TAX DEDUCTIONS WORK?

Because it is a type of tax, your boss (the contractor) basically deducts money from your payments, before you are paid. These deductions are then sent on to HMRC. They basically count as advance payments towards the tax and your National Insurance that you pay anyway.

The HMRC does this as a way to prevent “cash-in-hand” tax evasion. But what often happens is too many honest, tax-paying people end up paying too much tax as a consequence.

HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH MY CIS TAX RETURN?

The first thing you will need to do is gather as much information concerning your work as possible. The more information you can get, the more money you may be able to get back from your CIS tax rebate.

Here are some useful documents and records to help maximise your CIS tax return:

Any copies of CIS tax statements that you have (they are sometimes called ‘CIS vouchers’ or ‘CIS pay slips’)
Information about the places you have worked on
MOT certificates that show how much mileage you have done
Expenses’ receipts 
Invoices for work-related tools and equipment you have purchased
Bank statements

Obviously it won’t always be possible for you to have the records of everything, but the more information the better.

If in doubt, just let us know and send it over anyway. We can always tell you if a particular receipt or record will be useful or not. It’s better to have it and not need it, and having it could contribute to your CIS tax refunds.

CAN I MAKE A CIS TAX CLAIM MYSELF?

You certainly can claim CIS by yourself. But as it’s the government you’re dealing with, you can bet it is a long, tiring, and complicated process. Here’s what you need to complete a CIS self-assessment tax return:

Visit the HMRC site to register for a self-assessment tax return
Once CIS registered, fill out the SA100 form
Enter in your Unique Tax Reference (UTR) number
Work out all of your income during the financial year, including any additional income (such as property income) if applicable
Work out all of your losses during the financial year
Add up all of the deductions made from your pay during the financial year — these should be visible on your payslips
Add up all of your business expenses and declare them to HMRC
Make sure you submit everything before the tax return deadline — otherwise you may be fined.

If this all feels overwhelming, you’re not alone. That’s what we are here for. Our experts will thoroughly look over every tiny detail, in order to maximise your CIS rebate. So that you can get as much money back as possible, all with the click of a button.

CAN I MAKE A CIS TAX CLAIM MYSELF?

Every time you get paid for your work, your boss or employer must provide you with a CIS payslip. They are legally required to do this. 

Once you have them, it’s important you hold on to them. So that when you complete your annual Self Assessment tax returns you have all the necessary information at hand. You will need to notify HMRC just how much money you are earning. This will also help to show HMRC all the CIS reductions that have already been deducted from your wages. 

A lot of the time, hard working people who lose 20% of their earnings to CIS deductions don’t always get the full benefits of their tax-free Personal Allowances. But in order to finally GET all those benefits, you will need to prove that you have been making CIS payments. And for that, you’ll need the CIS paperwork to back up your claims.

WHAT IS A CIS PAYMENT AND DEDUCTION CERTIFICATE?

When a contractor (your boss) makes a CIS deduction they must provide you with a CIS payment and deduction statement. This is the written evidence which you can use to prove any tax deductions with HMRC. There are lots of different names that refer to this written evidence. ‘CIS statement’ and ‘CIS certificate’ being two examples — but they all refer to the same thing.

CAN I MAKE A CIS TAX CLAIM MYSELF?

The current tax year ended on 5 April 2020. There are two ways to complete a CIS self-assessment tax return: online or with a good old fashioned pen and paper and via post. The deadline for completing the CIS tax return via paper and post was at the end of October. It’s longer for online applicants. Anyone completing an online self-assessment tax return has the deadline of the end of January 2021.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I MISS THE DEADLINE FOR A CIS SELF-ASSESSMENT TAX RETURN?

You will be fined £100 by HMRC. Even if you have no tax to pay, or if the tax due is paid after three months. To make things worse, HMRC will continue to increase your fine by £10 a day for each day after the deadline you miss (up to a maximum of £900). If you miss the deadline by more than 6 months, then you will be fined an additional 5% on your tax — or the sum of £300 (whichever is the most money). Another 5% or £300 will be added again on to this overall amount if your return is more than 12 months late.

DO MOST CIS WORKERS GET THEIR FULL TAX REBATES?

If you choose to file your own Self Assessment tax returns, then you almost certainly will not get the full rebate you are entitled to.

This is because, if you aren’t an expert, it’s easy to miss out on CIS claims or to make mistakes. Most people do not realise the extent to which they’ve been overcharged by HMRC when they file their own taxes. In extreme cases, some people don’t even get a CIS rebate. Or if they do, it’s a massive undercalculation of what they deserve.

This is where we come in. Our experts closely scrutinise every aspect of your taxes, to see what you are entitled to. In order to claim back the highest number possible.

HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR GROSS PAYMENT STATUS?

If you have gross payment status, you won’t have to pay any CIS deductions at all. Contractors will not automatically take 30% or 20% from your pay before paying you. But you will still have to pay your tax and national insurance at the end of the tax year

Before you can apply for gross payment status, you will first need to register as a CIS subcontractor. You can do this by giving your employer your Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) number. If you don’t know this, we can get a UTR number sent out to you quickly

Then you can visit the HMRC website and fill in a CIS302 form to register for gross payment.

DOES CIS APPLY TO BUSINESSES OUTSIDE OF THE UK?

CIS applies to work that is done in the UK, by businesses that are both based in the UK and abroad. So as long as the work you have done was in the UK, you could be looking on a CIS tax refund. Even if your business is based overseas.

HOW LONG DOES A CIS TAX REFUND TAKE?

CIS tax rebates can take anywhere between 1 — 10 weeks for HMRC to process. But with the right care and proper handling this can be a lot quicker. Our CIS experts average a little over a week (7 — 10 days) for a pay-out. So you can get the money you are entitled to faster.

I ONLY WORK FOR ONE COMPANY AND MY PAY IS TAXED BEFORE I GET IT
- SO AM I PAYE OR CIS?

Employment status can get very complicated in construction. Especially if there are large numbers of contractors, subcontractors, agencies, and more all involved. It might seem like you are working under PAYE conditions at times. And you might have colleagues working under very similar conditions who ARE working under PAYE conditions. This can cause confusion, and is why it’s so important to check.

To find out, check what it says on your payslips. If you can see a 20% deduction and the words “CIS statement” then you are paying CIS deductions. (However, if you feel you shouldn’t be paying CIS tax, then talk to your boss.)

The slightly different CIS and PAYE conditions can confuse even experienced workers. So take everything you hear from your mates and colleagues with a pinch of salt. If you have questions, it is far better to speak to the experts.

For more information on PAYE, visit our dedicated PAYE tax return page.

WHAT COSTS CAN MY CIS TAX REBATE COVER?

You can claim back any work expenses that HMRC consider to be allowable for tax relief. Including:

Capital expenses, for example if you buy a laptop that you use only for work, then you can claim back on that purchase
– Motor vehicle costs, providing the vehicle is used exclusively for business — including things like fuel, insurance, mileage and road tax
– Any tools or equipment that you have paid for or have had to replace
– Costs incurred from buying or washing uniform (explained further on our uniform tax refunds page)
– Travel costs if you have to move from one site or location to another as part of the job
– Subsistence costs, including meals, tolls, congestion charges, parking charges, the cost of business phone calls — everything you have to do on the job
– Any “remaining admin costs” that relate to your work, but that aren’t listed above
– General business expenses such as public liability insurance

CIS VS PAYE - WHAT EXPENSES CAN I CLAIM?

CIS EXPENSES YOU CAN CLAIM

Expenses that can be claimed when making a CIS tax return include;

- Capital Expenses (If For Business Use Only)
- Motor Vehicle Expenses (If For Business Use Only)
- Tools & Equipment Expenses (Can Only Claim on Compulsory Protective Wear)
- Travel & Subsistence
- Remaining Admin Costs
- General Business Expenses

PAYE EXPENSES YOU CAN CLAIM

Expenses that can be claimed when making a PAYE tax return include;

- Tools & Equipment (Only if you Had to Purchase them as they were not provided)
- Travel & Subsistence (Only if you travelled to a place of work for a temporary time period)
- General Business Expenses (Only for trade union fees and subscription fees)

WHAT IS A SUBCONTRACTOR?

A subcontractor can be either a firm or an individual person who carries out work for a company as part of a larger overall project. Subcontractors get paid by contractors for the work that they do and are eligible for a CIS subcontractor tax return.

HOW TO REGISTER AS A SUBCONTRACTOR

You don't have to register if you are a subcontractor, but you will be charged 10% more (30%) if you don’t. You can save money by registering. To do this, give your employer your UTR number. If you don’t know your UTR number we can sort this quickly for you.

HOW TO DEREGISTER AS A SUBCONTRACTOR

To deregister from the CIS, your contractor should write to the HMRC on your behalf, citing evidence that the work you are doing is no longer within the CIS. You will still have to pay your CIS deductions until the HMRC receives and is satisfied with the contractor’s paperwork.

WHO COUNTS AS A CIS CONTRACTOR OR CIS SUBCONTRACTOR?

If you are working over other self-employed workers doing construction work then you are a contractor and so must register as such under the CIS. If you are doing construction work for a larger project, then you are likely a subcontractor. If you aren’t sure, we can help you determine if you are a contractor or subcontract. Just contact one of our experts.

CORONAVIRUS / COVID-19 SUPPORT

The world has been rocked since the coronavirus lockdowns disrupted a lot of construction work. If your finances and work situation has been impacted, then you can still get some help

UTR NUMBERS & SELF-EMPLOYMENT INCOME SUPPORT

As of 26 March 2020, a new support scheme was announced by the UK government to help self-employed people. Simply called ‘Self-Employment Income Support’. But to find out if you are eligible — and to apply for it — you will need your UTR number.

You will need to meet certain other conditions to apply for Self-Employment Income Support:

At least half of your income must come from self-employment, and you cannot be earning more than £50,000 profit from it
You have filed a 2018/2019 tax return
You aren’t a company director paying yourself a salary, or sharing dividends
You can prove you have lost business/income as a result of the coronavirus pandemic

If you meet all of the above, the government will cover 80% of your average monthly earnings over the last three tax years. Although you won’t earn more than £2,500.

Visit our dedicated UTR number page for more information.

CAN I STILL CLAIM A CIS REFUND IF I APPLIED FOR A GOVERNMENT LOAN SCHEME?

Yes. If you received any money from the Self Employment Income Support Scheme, then this will also be treated as income on your Self Assessment. This is because the money you will be receiving is a grant and not a loan. It will still count as taxable income. Meaning you can claim CIS tax returns back on it.

WHAT'S A UTR NUMBER?

A UTR number is your Unique Taxpayer Reference number. It is a 10-digit number. Every single taxpayer in the UK has their own UTR number. You will need your UTR number if you are registering for self-employment or as an individual in part of a company or partnership.

Usually, your UTR number is on any letter addressed to you personally from the HMRC. However if you do not know it, we can find your UTR number quickly.

Visit our UTR number page for more information about this.

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CIS TAX - HERE ARE YOUR MOST ASKED QUESTIONS

You can do this online or via the post. For online, visit the HMRC website. There you can claim a repayment online using the CIS rebate form. (You will need your Government Gateway user ID and password beforehand.) To claim via post, you will need to write to the HMRC explaining why you might have overpaid, along with your bank details and PAYE reference numbers.

About 4 weeks. Once you have handed your UTR number over to the contractor or your boss, it can take a month for HMRC to get back to you. In the meantime, unfortunately, you will still be charged 30% worth of CIS deductions. But once registered this number will drop to 20%. You will be able to reclaim your overpaid deductions at the end of the financial year.

No, you cannot opt out of CIS if the work you are doing falls within the CIS scheme. But you may be able to apply for ‘gross payment’ status. Which means you wouldn’t have to pay any CIS deductions at all. However, special conditions are required for this. To apply for gross payment status, visit the HMRC and fill in a CIS302 form to register for gross payment.

You cannot avoid CIS deductions if your line of work has you enrolled within a CIS scheme. Unless you have ‘gross payment’ status. But you must meet certain conditions to be eligible for gross payment status. For most people, you can REDUCE the deductions by registering. Your CIS deductions are automatically 30% of your pay before registering. But once you register, your deductions will reduce to 20%. It is also likely that you will be able to claim some of your deductions back as a CIS tax rebate when declaring your income on your annual Self Assessment.

LET OUR EXPERTS GET YOUR CIS RETURN OVER TO YOU QUICKLY AND STRESS-FREE

Sorting your own CIS tax return is often complicated, boring and hard to do. And because more people don’t really know how to do it, they end up getting short-changed by the tax man.

Our CIS experts won’t let you get short-changed. We will closely study all of your tax details, giving you the maximum claim you are entitled to.

You won’t have to worry about filling in your Self Assessments improperly or missing deadlines with our service, either. Say goodbye to boring, confusing paperwork, and hello to bigger, better tax rebates — the money that you have earned and that you deserve.