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    Synnøve Sørdal - Partner

    My name is Synnøve Sørdal and I work at Magnus Legal in Bergen. I started as a tax lawyer at the Norwegian Tax Authorities in 2005, and since 2008 I have worked as a lawyer, assisting smaller and larger companies with various VAT related issues. VAT regulations can sometimes be complicated and are frequently changing, and this area of law affects the daily, financial situation of our clients. My goal is to share news and views about what is happening in VAT. I welcome and value your opinion on what I share on this blog!

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    Import of services – reverse charge in Norway

    By Synnøve Sørdal - Partner 13. September 2021

    VAT must be paid on purchase of services from abroad If the services are VAT liable in Norway.

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    Topics: VAT, Business in Norway, Import to Norway

    Import to Norway – VAT and customs

    By Synnøve Sørdal - Partner 18. February 2021

    Norway is not a member of the European Union (EU), but it is a member of the European Economic Area (EEA). This means that transactions of goods across Norwegian borders and to or from the EU will be regarded as import or export supplies. This, in turn, creates a few challenges you should observe before entering into an agreement with a company established in Norway. 

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    Topics: VAT, Business in Norway

    VAT for foreign businesses operating in Norway: 7 frequently asked questions

    By Synnøve Sørdal - Partner 13. January 2021

    Foreign enterprises that direct their business towards the Norwegian market will at some point face Norwegian VAT regulations and must know how to act. Learning the basics of Norwegian VAT regulations enables you to get the VAT deductions you are entitled to and can also help you to avoid expensive mistakes.

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    Topics: Corporate Taxes, VAT, Business in Norway

    Pre-registration for VAT in Norway in order to deduct VAT

    By Synnøve Sørdal - Partner 10. December 2020

    Enterprises doing business in Norway are not entitled to deduct input VAT for their acquisitions until the enterprise is formally registered for VAT. An ordinary registration can, as a main rule, only take place after a Norwegian turnover is documented. In the stage of starting up the Norwegian division, this delay can be both unpractical and offer a significant liquidity disadvantage.

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    Topics: Corporate Taxes, VAT, Business in Norway

    6 tips for businesses: How to get a VAT refund in Norway

    By Synnøve Sørdal - Partner 2. September 2020

    Businesses that acquire goods and services in Norway, will be charged with Norwegian VAT to the same extent as Norwegian businesses. As foreign businesses are not VAT registered in Norway, they are unable to have the VAT repaid over the regular bimonthly VAT returns. Instead, they can apply for a VAT refund to the Norwegian tax authorities.

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    Topics: Corporate Taxes, VAT, Business in Norway

    Should your business register for VAT in Norway?

    By Synnøve Sørdal - Partner 14. July 2020

    It is often difficult to establish whether a foreign company must register for VAT in Norway. Does your company have a sufficiantly strong connection to Norway to trigger registration obligations?

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    Topics: Corporate Law, Corporate Taxes, VAT

    VAT on e-commerce (VOEC) in Norway

    By Synnøve Sørdal - Partner 25. February 2020

    Sellers and online marketplaces are liable for VAT on cross-border sales of low value goods to consumers (B2C) in Norway from 1 April 2020.

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    Topics: VAT, Business in Norway, Import to Norway

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