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27 Feb 2021

How does the Revenue decide if my sub-contractors should be employees?

HMRC looks at how you work with sub-contractors, and if: You use self-employed tradesmen without a written contract, You supply the majority of the […]

22 Feb 2021

What happens if I don’t complete my tax return before the deadline?

You will be fined. You’ll receive a penalty of £100 if it is up to 3 months late. You’ll have to pay more if […]

22 Feb 2021

What’s the difference between a tax return and a tax refund?

A tax return is the declaration of income earned, and tax to be paid.  A tax refund is the portion of tax you may […]

22 Feb 2021

Do I need to do a self-assessment?

If you have had income whereby tax has not been deducted you will need to complete a tax return. If you are self-employed and […]

22 Feb 2021

Do I need to do a tax return?

If you have had income whereby tax has not been deducted you will need to complete a tax return. If you are self-employed and […]

22 Feb 2021

How do I pay my tax?

Go to HMRC pay my tax page and it will guide you on how to pay it. You will need your UTR.  It can […]

22 Feb 2021

How do I get a tax refund?

If you’ve had CIS tax deducted from your gross wages throughout the tax year you may be entitled to a tax refund. CIS tax […]

22 Feb 2021

What is the tax return deadline?

The deadline to submit your tax return online is 31st January, for paper copies it is 31st October, and if you owe tax to […]

22 Feb 2021

How do I submit a tax return?

You can register for self-assessment and complete your own tax return online via HMRC website using your gateway code and UTR or appoint a […]

22 Feb 2021

How do I register for self-assessment?

When you register for your UTR, you will be given a gateway code and password. These are very important and must be kept safe. […]

22 Feb 2021

What is a self-assessment?

A self-assessment is system whereby HMRC collects income tax. When self-employed you will be responsible for paying your income tax to HMRC and you […]

22 Feb 2021

How do I get a UTR?

You will get a UTR when you register with HMRC for self-employment, this can be done on HMRCs online registration portal.

22 Feb 2021

What is a UTR?

A UTR is your Unique Tax Reference, this is issued to you by HMRC when you register for self-employment. This reference will be used […]

22 Feb 2021

What is CIS?

CIS is the abbreviated name for Construction Industry Scheme whereby your contractor will deduct your income tax from your gross wage prior to paying […]

22 Feb 2021

How do I register for self-employment?

You will need to go to HMRC online registration portal and complete your information. They will then send your Unique Tax Reference (UTR) in […]

22 Feb 2021

Who pays CIS tax?

All contractors working within the construction industry, assuming their work is subject to the regulations are obliged by law to pay their sub-contractors through […]

22 Feb 2021

What does CIS mean in payroll?

Well for at EEBS CIS in payroll terms means payments made or received within the context of the construction industry scheme.  This can be […]

22 Feb 2021

Do I have to pay CIS tax?

If you are a sub-contractor working within the construction industry, and assuming your work is subject to the regulations, then your contractor is obliged […]

22 Feb 2021

What expenses can I claim CIS?

It depends on your individual business circumstances, but generally a self-employed sub-contractor can claim a small proportion of home costs for heating and electricity […]

22 Feb 2021

What’s the difference between CIS and self-employed?

There’s no difference – a self-employed worker in the construction industry must, in most cases be paid through the CIS, or construction industry scheme.

22 Feb 2021

What is CIS Umbrella?

It’s just another term for administering payments to cis registered sub-contractors.

22 Feb 2021

Do Limited companies pay CIS?

Yes – assuming they are working within the parameters established by the CIS! The rules apply to all working entities – limited companies, partnership […]

22 Feb 2021

Can I pay a subcontractor without a UTR Number?

Yes – but he must still be verified with HMRC first, and he will have to be paid under the higher rate of deduction […]

22 Feb 2021

How is CIS Payroll calculated?

From our perspective it depends on the CIS status of the sub-contractor, if he is VAT registered and if we are providing public liability […]

22 Feb 2021

What if a subcontractor is not registered for CIS?

Sub-contractors are not required to register by law, but if they are not registered their contractor is obliged to take payments from them at […]

22 Feb 2021

IS CIS number same as UTR?

Well technically, there is no longer any such thing as a CIS number – it was abolished as part of the CIS reforms of […]

22 Feb 2021

Is CIS compulsory?

Yes, it’s compulsory for all contractors who work within the parameters that are defined by the scheme to register, But Sub-contractors don’t have to […]

22 Feb 2021

Does a sole trader pay CIS?

Payments to a sole trader (assuming we are talking about a self-employed construction worker within the UK) will be subject to CIS deduction if […]

22 Feb 2021

What falls under the CIS scheme?

Generally speaking, all construction operations to either a building or the land falls within the scope of the scheme – with a very few […]

22 Feb 2021

What is exempt from CIS?

There are only a limited number of exemptions to the CIS, and these include the professional work of engineers, draughtsmen, scientists and technicians, architects […]

22 Feb 2021

Is the employer a contractor under CIS?

Yes – if working within the industry sectors established by the construction industry scheme.

22 Feb 2021

How does a CIS sub-contractor get paid through EEBS?

If paid through EEBS the completion of a payment schedule by the client is deemed to be confirmation that the engagement for which the […]

22 Feb 2021

How do CIS subcontractors get paid?

Under normal arrangements and unless a sub-contractor has a self-billing arrangement process, he will supply an invoice to his contractor once the works for […]

22 Feb 2021

How does the CIS scheme work?

The Construction Industry Scheme or CIS is a mandatory tax regime under which almost all construction companies must operate.  Under the Scheme contractors deduct money […]

22 Feb 2021

IS CIS the same as PAYE?

No, CIS is the Construction Industry Scheme, a specific tax regime that only applies to the construction industry.  PAYE refers to “pay as you […]

22 Feb 2021

How many types of employment status are there? And what are they?

Well technically there’s employment and then there’s everything else! But for our purposes there are three separate classes of employment that we need to […]

22 Feb 2021

What is an Employment Status Review?

When referring to an employment status review we mean the element of a tax inspection that focuses on how you consider the employment status […]

22 Feb 2021

How many Revenue inspections has EEBS experienced?

Throughout our business life we have approaching 50 clients who have experienced a status inspection from HMRC whilst using our services, and to date […]

22 Feb 2021

Do EEBS provide a guarantee?

Yes! If, after a status investigation HMRC were to challenge our arrangements, or if a sub-contractor were to take you to an employment tribunal […]

22 Feb 2021

What is CIS payroll?

CIS payroll (at least as far as we are concerned) is an overarching phrase that describes payments that you make to self-employed sub-contractors within […]

22 Feb 2021

How do I get gross payment status back if I lose it?

If you do not appeal (and you must be able to demonstrate a “reasonable excuse” for the failure that led to the revocation of […]

22 Feb 2021

How do I lose Gross Payment Status?

HMRC conduct regular reviews of Gross Payment Status contractors at least once in every 12 month period. You will automatically lose gross payment status […]

22 Feb 2021

How do I get Gross Payment Status?

You must pass some HMRC tests. You’ll need to show that: you’ve paid your tax and National Insurance on time in the past your […]

22 Feb 2021

What is Gross Payment Status?

CIS Gross Payment Status means contractors will pay you in full – in other words without deducting 20%.  You pay all your tax and […]

22 Feb 2021

What’s the weekly process from start to finish?

EEBS provide you with a bespoke online portal for uploading sub-contractor payments.   We take full responsibility for the employment status of these sub-contractors […]

22 Feb 2021

What will it cost me if I am forced to convert sub-contractors to employees?

You would likely face a bill for the unpaid Employer’s National Insurance contributions that HMRC would calculate that you owe – plus late penalty […]

22 Feb 2021

What is EEBS’ status?

EEBS is a gross payment sub-contract intermediary.

22 Feb 2021

How do I pay EEBS?

By Chaps or Bacs, with cleared funds on the Wednesday of the week payment is due.

21 Feb 2021

Are there any other Fees?

No. there are no set up fees for clients or sub- contractors, nor tie-in periods. We provide a “pay as you use” service. No […]

21 Feb 2021

What are the costs of using EEBS?

Our margin is calculated as either a percentage or fixed fee per sub-contractor engaged, per week paid. We aim to earn between £6 and […]

21 Feb 2021

Who must Register with the CIS?

All contractors who work within defined sectors of the construction industry must, by law register with the CIS. Although it is not obligatory for […]

21 Feb 2021

Why must I register with the CIS?

The law requires all construction industry contractors to register with the scheme. Contractors must verify the legitimacy of any sub-contractors that they aim to […]

21 Feb 2021

What is the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS)?

The construction industry holds the dubious honour of being the only sector of industry to have its own tax regime – the Construction Industry […]

21 Feb 2021

Why is there such a reliance on self-employment in the construction industry?

Three reasons:­ Historic Model – if you are a small or medium contractor you may only need the specific skills of particular tradesperson for […]

21 Feb 2021

Why do you need us?

It’s no secret that for many years conflict has existed between the UK tax authorities and the Construction Industry over the employment status of […]

17 Feb 2021

How does the Revenue decide if my tradesmen should be employees

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