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Freelance builders lend the Treasury over £650million: “It’s an enormous, interest-free loan!”

For many years, Hudson Contract has partnered with Lloyd Dowson Chartered Accountants to deliver CIS Experts, a service designed to help labour-only subbies pay the correct amount of tax.

Based on 690 tax returns filed by CIS Experts on behalf of freelance builders for 2017/18 tax year:

  • 89% of freelance builders were entitled to a tax rebate
  • The average rebate was £1,405 – up for the second year in a row
  • 61% were wholly self-employed for the full year and 39% earned part of their income through being an employee or from other investments

Relating these figures to the whole of the construction industry, based on the Office for National Statistics reporting 785,935 individuals that worked either fully or partially as self-employed, CIS Experts calculate that the average total amount owed to freelance builders, taxed under CIS, at any one time is £658 million.

Hudson Contract Managing Director Ian Anfield comments:  “The fact is, those who pay tax under CIS are giving the Treasury an enormous interest-free loan.  It’s been this way for years.  And that’s even before you consider that not everyone will put a claim in each year and some may never claim a tax rebate.  The true figure is probably much higher, due to the way tax is deducted and rebates are claimed by those who work under CIS.”

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Chartered Accountants, Lloyd Dowson

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