Use the Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool to find out if you, or a worker on a specific engagement, should be classed as employed or self-employed for tax purposes.

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The Check Employment Status for Tax tool allows you to find out a worker’s employment status according to HMRC.

What you will need before you use the tool

Before you use the CEST Tool, there are a few things you will need to prepare. They are as follows:

  • details of the contract
  • the worker’s responsibilities
  • who decides what work needs to be done
  • who decides when, where and how the work is done
  • how the worker will be paid
  • if the engagement includes any corporate benefits or reimbursement for expenses

Who can use this tool?

You can use this tool to check the employment status of a person if you are one of the following:

  • hirer
  • agency and supplier
  • worker