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CIS (Construction Industry Scheme)

Markel Tax offers robust support and practical advice to Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) clients.

  • Over 25 years’ experience advising clients on CIS issues
  • Successfully defended hundreds of construction companies against employment status challenges
  • Fees are fixed from the outset, ensuring no hidden costs or escalating hourly rates

Construction industry (CIS) support we offer

From a construction business engaging one subcontractor for one project to considering the status implications for the whole supply chain, there is a lot to consider

CIS and gross payment status

Making sure you retain it and avoid any penalties

Employment status

Ensuring there is no NIC liability due for self-employed subcontractors


The new compliance regime which applies to limited company contractors you engage

Markel Tax can offer advice and guidance:

  • Pre-CIS employer compliance reviews
  • Reviewing and drafting bespoke contracts
  • Reviewing engagement terms and any relating documents
  • Verifying your supply chain
  • Dealing with HMRC enquiries – review of correspondence with and drafting responses to HMRC
  • Negotiating HMRC penalties downward and seeking suspended penalties
  • Representing and protecting the removal of a client’s gross payment status
  • Representation in an HMRC investigation, including all the way to Tribunal

Learn more about our expert CIS advice and guidance.

CIS force retained services

Markel Tax can provide ongoing support by providing you with a dedicated account manager who has practical experience of dealing with businesses in construction, including those who would not be trading today without our help in dealing with HMRC. The retainer services include the following and can be tailored to suit your needs:

  • Phone advice, training, updates, newsletters
  • Annual audit review service
  • Review of your collateral or communications with your own client base
  • Joining you at your client meetings
  • Representation in an HMRC investigation
  • Assisting you in to ensure you compliancy with IR35 legislation and all your CIS obligations