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Annual wage report in Norway

Annual wage report in Norway

All employers must provide an annual wage report to each employee or income recipient. Be sure to get your annual wage report sent by 1 February.

Do you have employees who performed work in Norway in 2020? Don’t forget the annual wage report.

All employers and others who disburse salaries, pensions, and other remunerations must provide a yearly summary of reported information to each employee or income recipient. 

The deadline for the annual wage report for work performed in Norway during 2021 is 1 February 2022.

More information about work in Norway.

A-melding

Employers and others who pay salaries, etc. must report information to the Tax Administration monthly by submitting the new a-melding.

Employees and other income recipients should receive an annual summary of salary, benefits, reimbursements and pensions. Employers must prepare this summary for each individual. Note that the summary only needs to be sent to the employees. It is not necessary to send it to the tax authorities. The deadline for the annual wage report to the employees is 1 February the year following the income year.

Also read: All you need to know about the Norwegian tax report system – a-melding

Mandatory information

The annual wage report should, as a minimum, contain the following information:

  • the total of reported income (salaries, payments, remunerations)
  • the total basis for holiday pay 
  • the total of reported tax deduction
  • employee number or other information used to identify the income recipient in the payroll systems. D-number can also be included.
For foreign companies, we recommend that the following are included:

  • Total days in Norway, or length of the employment period in Norway.
  • Specification of whether the income is with or without national insurance

Note that for charitable and non-profit organizations, special rules apply.

The annual wage report, has no legal requirements with regards to the lay out. As long as the mandatory information is included, it is up to each employer to decide the format of the summary.

Read more: Do the right things when doing business in Norway

Correct information

The information on the employees’ pre-filled tax return is based on the information in the annual wage report. It is therefore of great importance that employees contact their employer if they discover any errors in their annual wage report. The errors may then be corrected before the information goes into the tax return. 

Also read: Employee rights in Norway

Exemptions

There are a few cases where the employer is exempted from submitting the annual report to the employees. Employers do not need to submit such information if:

  •  they submit the declaration of paid work at home where a private individual is the employer
  •  they submit simplified a-melding for charitable or non-profit organisations

For companies doing business in Norway, Magnus Legal can help with Norwegian compliance, formalities and reporting responsibilities. 

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Originally published January 2018. Newest update: January 2022.

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