If you run a business in the construction sector, or operate as a sole trader in the building and construction industry, then you’ll be well aware of the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS).

CIS is designed to ensure a fair deal for subcontractors who work in construction, and to ensure that businesses in the sector meet certain legislative requirements. One effect of this is to place greater burdens upon  businesses operating in this sector, creating extra administrative duties that can burn those essential resources of time and money. If you are finding your CIS duties onerous or confusing, contact Mercian Accountants, we’re experts in accountancy for the construction industry, and we’ll free up your time and resources.


What Is CIS?

CIS means that when subcontractors are paid, the contractor must withhold some of the pay and send it to HMRC – the subcontractor can then offset this withheld payment against their tax bill.

Who Does CIS Apply To?

The Construction Industry Scheme applies to both contractors and subcontractors in the construction industry.

Beyond CIS

With our wealth of experience in the construction industry, we provide expert assistance in all areas of construction accounting.

What Is The Construction Industry Scheme?

Subcontractors may work for a large number of employers during the tax year, and this could make it very difficult for them to submit a fair and accurate self assessment tax report. The Construction Industry Scheme was implemented to simplify this process; making it easier for people who work within this vital industry. When subcontractors are paid for their work, the contractor must withhold some of the pay and send it directly to HMRC. The subcontractor can then offset this withheld payment against their tax bill, meaning that there shouldn’t be any nasty surprises when it comes to tax return time.

The Construction Industry Scheme can apply to businesses of all sizes, from sole traders to partnerships and limited companies. Small-to-medium enterprises can be particularly affected by CIS as they may not have sufficient staff to deal with it. That’s where Mercian Accountants can help, we have a range of solutions that are tailored to the construction industry:

  • Registering with the CIS scheme
  • Withholding payments and submissions to HMRC
  • Paperwork and administration
  • Tax and VAT returns for construction companies
  • Up to date and accurate bookkeeping, using the latest software
  • Accountancy advice whenever it’s needed

We treat every client individually, and so will find the best solution for your personal needs. Many sole traders within the construction industry will work as both contractors and subcontractors during the course of the year, and this can make things especially confusing, but when you leave it to us you’ll find that complying with CIS is simplicity itself.

Who Does CIS Apply To?

As you’ve seen, the Construction Industry Scheme applies to both contractors and subcontractors, and both small and large operators, in the construction industry. But just what is meant by ‘construction industry’? A broad definition is given within the official regulations, and some businesses may not even realise that they are bound by this legislation.

Failure to comply with the terms of the scheme can lead to substantial fines, so it’s good to have experts to call upon whenever you’re unsure of anything. Mercian Accountants are available whenever you need us, and we’ll never be too busy to take your call.

The scheme defines construction as encompassing permanent and temporary building work, but it also includes civil engineering, road repairs, refurbishments and renovations, painting and decorating, housing extensions and modifications, and demolition services.

Put simply, if you build, make, or disassemble buildings or associated things then you’re likely to come under the jurisdiction of the Construction Industry Scheme. If you need to know whether you are going to be affected by CIS, then simply get in touch with us today.

A Complete Service For The Construction Industry

When you engage Mercian Accountants you can put all your CIS worries aside. We’ll take care of the complete process for you, from first registration, to withholding the payments, and producing pay slips. It’s a comprehensive CIS management service that also means we can take care of all the paperwork from our own offices, so that you won’t drown under a sea of forms and invoices.

Our use of the latest accounting technology also means that you’ll be able to access relevant information quickly and efficiently whenever you want; it’s accounting for the twenty-first century.

CIS has had a major impact on both contractors and subcontractors since its introduction, much of it positive, but it’s not the only concern that employers and sole traders within the construction industry are facing today. Many within the industry lack the time or expertise to produce their accounts and tax returns. Our highly qualified accountants will do that for you as well, and will ensure that all your returns are submitted on time, whether it’s for self assessment, VAT, or corporation tax.

By keeping in touch with all the legislative changes and cases pertaining to tax and the construction industry, we can ensure that you never pay more than you really should be doing. Your tax bill will be tightly controlled, allowing you to make further investments in the infrastructure of your company.

Advice In Plain English

When you look online or receive a letter from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs do you wish that it was all in good honest plain English? You’re not alone. We believe that CIS legislation, tax and accounting shouldn’t have to be hard to understand, which is why we always explain things in ordinary language that makes it easy to understand, so you know exactly what you need to do and when.

Fixed Fees

Our policy of simplicity also applies to our pricing structure as well. You’ll never receive a bill with lots of add-ons that you weren’t expecting, but a bill that was agreed beforehand. Our fixed fees are highly competitive, meaning that our services are suitable for businesses of all sizes in the construction industry.

If you want to discuss your needs with an advisor today, or just want to discuss CIS further and how it affects you, then send us an email, or phone us on 01743 562430 or pop in for a chat.