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5th Mar 2024
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Change of deduction rate to 20 per cent

by The Editor at 09:00 19/03/07 (CIS News)
When new Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) begins on April 6 2007, the standard deduction rate will be 20 per cent. The rate is currently 18 per cent under the present arrangements.
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has given some guidance on how contractors should handle the change in the rate where they use a computerised accounting system and where an invoice processed on or before April 5 will not be paid until after that date.

Where this is likely to happen, HMRC advises the following points should be observed:

  • where subcontractors are to be paid net, the rate of deduction depends on the date of payment. The standard rate of deduction for payments made on or after April 6 2007 is 20 per cent

  • where an invoice, to be paid after April 5, is processed on a contractor's accounting system on or before that date, HMRC would normally expect the new rate to be applied

  • however we recognise that in many cases, the system will be unable to pick up the new rate in these circumstances. Where this happens, HMRC would not expect the contractor to reprocess the payment after April 5 but would expect the correct deduction rate to be applied as soon as the system allows.

Where a contractor’s accounting system has applied the old rate of 18 per cent to all or part of a subcontractor’s payment made after April 5 because it was unable to pick up the new rate, the contractor should show the amount of payment and the actual deduction that was made on the monthly return for the month in which the payment was made.

Where this has happened, HMRC will not usually regard such action as a compliance failure by the contractor. However, HMRC would not expect to see such under-deductions beyond the return for the month ended June 5 2007, unless there were exceptional circumstances.

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Susie Hughes
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