Norwegian VAT rates and VAT compliance

VAT Rates in Norway

The standard VAT rate in Norway is 25%.

Norwegian Covid-19 VAT rate cuts

Norway has temporarily cut VAT to help support businesses and consumers during the Coronavirus pandemic crisis.

SupplyOld rateNew rateImplementation dateEnd date
Cinema, hotels, public transport12%6%01 Apr 202031 Dec 2020

Norway VAT rates

RateTypeWhich goods or services
25%StandardAll other taxable goods and services
15%ReducedFoodstuffs and beverages
11.1%ReducedSupply of raw fish
6%ReducedCertain cultural and sporting activities; transport services

Norwegian VAT compliance

In Norway it is a requirement for the VAT Representative to raise and issue all invoices on behalf of the non-resident trader, indicating both the trader’s and the representative’s details.

There are detailed rules controlling the recording and processing of Norwegian transactions. These include guidelines on:

  • Norwegian invoice requirements;
  • Foreign currency reporting and translation;
  • Credit notes and corrections; and
  • What accounting records must be maintained.

Norwegian vat returns

Periodic VAT returns must be submitted by all companies with a Norwegian VAT number, detailing all taxable supplies (sales) and inputs (costs). Generally, returns are submitted bi-monthly in Norway. VAT returns in Norway are due one month and ten days after the reporting period.

Payments of any associated VAT liability must be paid by the return deadline. In the case of a tax credit (where the VAT incurred by the company exceeds the VAT charged on its sales in the reporting period), approved credits will be paid over to the company within three weeks of the return deadline.

Norwegian VAT recovery

It is possible for foreign businesses to apply for a VAT refund in Norway, along the lines of the European Union’s 8th & 13th VAT Directives. The following conditions should be fulfilled for a foreign business to recover VAT refunds in Norway:

  • The company is not liable to be VAT registered in Norway;
  • The VAT is concerned with the applicant’s business activities; and
  • Original invoices showing Norwegian VAT can be provided

Need help with your VAT compliance?

Researching VAT legislation is the first step to understanding your VAT compliance needs. Avalara has a range of solutions that can help your business depending on where and how you trade. 

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