Have you been wondering if it is possible to claim back your UK expenses tax (CIS tax) credit against your national insurance? This is one of the most common questions that many individuals in the UK would ask when it comes to claiming money back from their taxes. The good news is that it is possible to reclaim your credits against your tax debts if you are awarded tax relief on these transactions. Here are some things that you should know about how it works.
How is it Different from a Regular Tax Refund?
In case of a regular tax refund, the amount that is credited to the recipient’s bank account is dependent on the details that have been provided to the bank upon application. In case of a construction industry scheme, the tax amount that is credited is dependent on the amount of work that was performed, and is calculated as per the percentage of construction cost that is credited to the contractors. So, is there a difference between the two?
Construction Industry Scheme Stating that It is not a Legitimate Tax Return
There are many arguments put forth against a construction industry scheme (cis tax) stating that it is not a legitimate tax return. However, those who support it usually point out that the scheme has a number of exemptions, and that contractors who have submitted all the requisite documentation to the UK tax authorities can easily qualify for the scheme. These include information such as the full name of the person or his business, as well as his address and contact number.
Obtain Rebates Based on the Amount
Another argument that contractors often put forth against the construction industry scheme (cis tax) is that it is not a legitimate tax return. Again, this is an incorrect view. To start with, the scheme allows contractors to obtain rebates based on the amount that has been paid as subcontractor price for services rendered. Furthermore, the contractor will be able to claim tax credits based on the extent of the improvement made to the client’s building. The tax rebate amount is also fixed and is not dependent on the extent of work that has been done.
Contractor May be Able to Claim Rebates
It should be noted, however, that even though the contractor may be able to claim rebates if he provides sufficient documentation to prove that he has incurred expenses for the improvement, this is not necessarily so. There are cases where the subcontractor’s liability is not based on the extent of the construction work but rather on the breach of contract principle by the contractor. If the contractor has refused to provide workmen’s compensation or other insurance cover required by law, then the liability of the subcontractor lies with the contractor. Thus, the construction work done by the subcontractor does not fall under the purview of tax, thereby allowing him to deduct the amount from the income tax. However, the subcontractor must ensure that he submits all necessary documentation to the concerned government agency and that he has taken steps to make good the claims of liability against the subcontractor.
Self-Employment Contingent Scheme
The second type of scheme is Self-Employment Contingent scheme (SEEC). This scheme allows a self-employed contractor to deduct expenses for the construction work done by him, as well as the costs of procuring insurance cover. The contractor will need to ensure that the insurance provided under the scheme is in accordance with State rules. The Self-Employment Contingent scheme can be claimed by a person who is the general contractor of a building project or by a self-employed subcontractor who is also undertaking construction work within the premises of his own building. In order to be qualified for this scheme, the Contractor or Sub-tractor must have a valid Self-Employment Certificate.
Individual Business Income Credit
Another scheme is the Individual Business Income Credit (IBIC). The Contractor or Sub-factor can claim this tax scheme by ensuring that the expenses which he or she has incurred for meeting the requirements of the construction work are borne by the company which employs him or her. The companies include any individual entrepreneur, principal contractor, joint venture partner, partnership, limited liability company, public undertaking and any other entity which is engaged in the construction business. The Contractor or Sub-factor must also ensure that the payments for the contributions made by him or her are declared to the corporate account of the company.
Multiple System Company Tax Treatment
The last scheme to be mentioned is the Multiple System Company Tax Treatment (MSTBT). Under this scheme, the total gross payments of a contractor or subcontractor for the completion of any construction work carried out on his premises and also for expenses paid by him during the period of completion of the work shall be deductible (cis tax). However, the amount that is deductible here will depend on the Contractor’s gross payment basis and on the percentage of the total completion work which he has completed. If the contractor or the subcontractor has not been paid for any work carried out, he can claim the money back only after deducting the deductions mentioned in the first three paragraph of this article. In case of any of the above three constructions, it is essential to consult the accountant concerned before taking any decision.