Are your CIS returns online? They need to be...


HMRC has introduced mandatory online filing of CIS (Construction Industry Scheme) returns and verifications.

About 15% of contractors still use paper forms to file their CIS returns but from April 2016 all CIS returns will need to be filed online.

To increase filing accuracy, this change will see the introduction of online amendments, online messaging and alerts. 

HMRC is also improving its online verification service for you, as from April 2017 everyone will also have to use the online service. HMRC will no longer accept telephone verifications from that date.

For contractors currently sending paper returns, you’ll need to register for HMRC’s online services as an ‘Organisation’ ahead of the April 2016 deadline.  To register online you’ll need your HMRC employer reference and Accounts Office (AO) reference.

If you prefer to use commercial software, please find more information about the changes on the GOV.UK website.

If you’re one of the 85% already using HMRC's online services, you don’t need to do anything for now.  Just check for updates on the CIS web pages over the next few months.

But if you’re not, act now by registering for their online services today.