CIS tax refunds

Construction workers using the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) can claim tax refunds for travel expenses to temporary workplaces as well as claiming back overpaid tax. The average annual rebate for CIS workers is £2,000.

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CIS Tax Refunds​

What is CIS tax and does it affect me?​

CIS tax is a special tax scheme just for the construction industry. Under the CIS tax scheme, contractors make tax deductions from their subcontractors and pay the money to HMRC. The CIS tax deductions count as advance payments towards the subcontractor's tax and National Insurance.

Working on a building site keeps you busy, so there's no reason your CIS subcontractor tax return should be hard work too. Here at RIFT, our friendly helpful team can quickly tell you if you are due a tax rebate. You can get an idea of what you might be able to claim back from our tax refund calculator.

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What is CIS tax deduction?​

CIS tax deductions are payments to HMRC that your employer takes out of your wages before you get them. They're supposed to be about clamping down on tax evasion in the industry. Unfortunately, one of the side effects of the scheme is that a lot of workers end up paying too much tax. As a result, when the subcontractor submits their tax return, most or all of their tax has already been paid. 

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What is the CIS tax rate and what does it mean?​

The standard CIS tax deduction is 20%, so if you’re a CIS subcontractor you could well have overpaid tax.

If that sounds like HMRC's taking a huge lump out of your pay, then consider the alternative; If you don't register for the scheme, the rate shoots up to 30%! Here are details of what information you need for a CIS tax refund.

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Extra cash for you and your mates in time for Christmas​

Help your mates get a tax refund in time for Christmas - and get an extra £50 in your own pocket! At RIFT, we love it when happy clients tell their friends about us.

We love it so much that we reward you for doing it! Until the 9th of October we'll give you £50 for everyone you recommend (T&Cs apply) who claims with us, but we'll give you a bonus of an extra £150 if 5 people do.

That's £400 in your pocket as well as the warm glow you get from helping out your mates. Help your workmates out now and you'll both get some extra cash in time for Christmas.

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Simply enter your friend’s name and email address on our referral form, and we’ll send them a one off email to let them know you think RIFT tax refunds could help them.

  • If they get in touch and claim a refund, we’ll send you a £50 reward for your help.
  • And for every 5 you send that claim, you get an extra £150 bonus. 

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CIS Tax Refunds​

Do most CIS workers get the right amount of tax back?​

Many construction workers file their own CIS tax returns. There’s nothing at all wrong with this, if you know your way around the rules. However, it's easy to miss out on CIS claims or make costly mistakes so it's important you have all the information you need for a CIS tax refund.

Specialist CIS tax rebate services exist to help people in the construction industry who work as sub-contractors to claim back overpaid tax. If you're a sub-contractor on a site being run by someone else, then your employer will be deducting tax directly from your pay before you get it. This almost always means you're losing 20% of it.

Because of this, at the end of the working year when you file your self assessment tax return, you've probably been overcharged. Basically, the tax taken from your wages during the year is probably higher than the amount you actually owe.

It takes a lot of specialist accounting knowledge to claim tax back for everything you are owed by the taxman. Every year, far too many people are still shelling out tax they don't owe. In the worst-case scenario, they don’t get any CIS tax rebate at all. Even if they do, all too often it’s nowhere near as high as it should be.



Customer stories​

"RIFT helped me after my previous accountants messed up and left me with fines."​

"One of my mates at work uses RIFT so I gave them a go because the last people who were doing my tax for me weren’t doing it properly and I ended up with £600 in fines.

The service from RIFT was fantastic, they really helped me out and I was ecstatic when I found out how much I was getting. It’s way more than I ever had before. I put the money in the baby fund, our first baby’s due in January so we’ll be able to get everything we need for her and not worry about where the money’s coming from.

The service was fantastic, especially after the last people who were doing it for me ended up getting me fined £600 because they weren’t sending off my information when they said they were, lost my documents and HMRC classed it as my fault. RIFT really helped me right out.

Scott Whitelock, 31, self-employed flooring contractor

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Our guarantee means you'll never lose a penny​​

When you claim your tax refund with RIFT, our unique RIFT Guarantee means that you don't have to worry about the taxman reclaiming any of your money. So long as you give us full and accurate information, if HMRC disagrees with the amount that we’ve claimed and ask for the money back, we’ll pay it. It won’t cost you a penny.

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Wondering if you can claim a tax refund or need to submit a tax return? Use our online tools to find out if you're owed money by HRMC.

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