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Frequently Asked Questions about Construction Industry Accounts Software

Frequently Asked Questions about Construction Industry Accounts (CIA) by CLiP IT Solutions Ltd
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What does CIA stand for?

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Is CIA accredited by the HMRC?

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Yes, Construction Industry Accounts have had their CIS system accredited by the HMRC.

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Can CIA submit CIS Returns?

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Monthly CIS Returns can be submitted to the Inland Revenue through CIA by going to CIS- Prepare CIS Return and then in to submit CIS Return.

After the CIS Return has been sent, you can then send subcontractors their monthly CIS Statements.

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Does CIA provide a payroll programme?

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Construction Industry Accounts has a Payroll programme called PAYE Plus where you can pay all your employees, job cost their wages, update the accounts with the payroll journal and submit all tax year end forms to HMRC

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Do I need much bookkeeping knowledge to operate CIA?

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The great thing about Construction Industry Accounts software is that you do not need any previous bookkeeping knowledge to make it work for you. With straightforward and easy to use screens, and training included, you will soon become comfortable with CIA

Q:

Can I re-run a VAT return from last Quarter?

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Yes, after a VAT return has been archived, CIA still keeps a copy of it so at any point in time you can go and look at it. You will need to go to Company – Reports – VAT Return.

There is also an option for VAT Transactions, if you want to check if a specific item has been included on a return.

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What is the difference between Exempted VAT and Zero-rated VAT?

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Exempt transaction is when the goods or service do not attract VAT, eg Newspapers.

A Zero-Rated transaction means that there could potentially be VAT on that item, but in this instance no VAT is being charged. Eg Children’s clothing (this is zero rated because generally clothes are Vatable, but there is no VAT charged on children clothing).

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Can I still post transactions in CIA even if I have gone past my year end, but am not ready to run my financial year end yet?

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Yes because CIA is date sensitive you can continue to post transactions in to your new year before running your year end.

When you come to run the year end, CIA looks at the year end date you have set up, and looks at each individual transaction and will only clear down transactions dated up to and including your year end date.

Q:

Can I purchase more training on CIA and PAYE Plus?

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Yes we sell on-line and on-site training, please call the support line and we can discuss which suits your needs.

Q:

Can CIA tell me when Retentions are due?

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Built within CIA is a Retention Diary, It can show you which invoice, application and job that retention is held against and also the date that retention should be released.

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Can I set up more than one user, with different access levels?

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CIA is based on the number of concurrent users for the programme. But you can set up an unlimited number of different user IDs and passwords. Each user you set up, can have different access levels, so you can choose who gets to see what information.

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Is CIA kept up to date with all legislation changes?

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CLiP IT Solutions make sure we are up to date with all legislation changes, including PAYE, CIS and VAT.

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Do I have to pay for support and updates?

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Your annual maintenance covers you for all updates that we release for CIA and PAYE Plus as well as telephone and email technical support.

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Does CIA deal with Cash Accounting VAT?

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Yes Construction Industry Accounts can deal with cash accounting and standard VAT.

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Can CIA deal with Application for Payments?

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Yes, CIA is written specifically for the Construction Industry. CIA knows that by entering an application no VAT is liable until the application is certified.

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Can invoices and reports be emailed from CIA?

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Yes all reports can be exported from CIA and sent via email. As well as there being the facility to be able to email invoices, statements and remittances straight to customers/suppliers.

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Can I start using CIA before the end of my financial year end?

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Yes, you can start using Construction Industry Accounts at any point throughout your financial year, the software has the facility for you to post opening balances