Non-Norwegian enterprises doing business in Norway will find that the basic Norwegian compliance obligations are rather burdensome. Failure to comply commonly may results in severe sanctions. As always, it is better to do the right things from the beginning than to tidy up afterwards.
From 1 January 2021, Norway's relationship with the UK is no longer regulated by the EEA Agreement. This can affect the management of Norwegian companies if the management and/or board members live in the UK or are UK citizens.
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.
Foreign companies starting up business in Norway will soon enough encounter Norwegian compliance, formalities and reporting responsibilities.
Topics: Business in Norway
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.
The Norwegian Holidays Act states that employees are entitled to a minimum of four weeks and one day of vacation per year. However, most Norwegian employees have agreements allowing them five weeks of vacation per year.
The UK has left the EU and the agreed transition period expires 31 December 2020. Ensure you have official proof of residency when travelling to Norway from 1 January 2021.
Foreign nationals who intend to work in Norway may need to apply for a work permit. Generally, non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals need to apply for a permit to reside and work in Norway. Working in Norway illegally may result in reactions such as expulsion, prohibition from future entry, and registration in the Schengen Information System.
Norway is about to introduce withholding tax on interest, royalties, and certain lease payments.
On October 7, 2020, the Norwegian Government presented its national budget for 2021, including several changes to the tax rules in Norway.
From 2019, a new and simplified tax scheme is available for foreign workers in Norway. The scheme is called PAYE (Pay As You Earn). Most foreign workers will fall under this scheme the first year they work in Norway.