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Norway Taxes

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Norway Taxes

Post Posted: Mon May 10, 2010 10:59 pm

Hi

There is some confusion around the Norway Forum about taxation in Norway. Here is a link to a current tax calculator in Norway, it is in English as well:

www.skatteetaten.no/Ap...032010.htm

Also here is an extract regarding taxation Norway

Income tax:
The basic rate of tax is 28 % of your gross income. National Insurance contributions are 7.8 % of your gross income. Surtax of 9 % is paid by employees who earn more than NOK 441 000.

Tax deduction cards

Everyone who works in Norway must have a tax deduction card. You must submit your tax deduction card to your employer. The tax deduction card shows how much tax your employer must deduct before paying your salary.

In order to be able to calculate the correct tax deduction, the tax office must have information about how much you expect to earn in Norway and how long you intend to stay here. To obtain a tax deduction card, you must contact the tax office where you live. If you start working before you have obtained a tax deduction card, your employer is obliged to deduct 50 % of your gross income. The difference between 50 % and the correct rate will be reimbursed as soon as the tax deduction card has been submitted to your employer.


To obtain a tax deduction card, take the following to the tax office:
A valid passport. For nationals of EEA countries and Switzerland, other identity cards are also accepted if approved as travel documents within the EU.

Tax return

Everyone who works in Norway must submit a tax return. It must be submitted to the tax office by 30 April in the year following the income year. If the tax return is pre-completed and contains information from your employer, for example, you must check that the information is the same as that contained in the Certificate of Pay and Tax Deducted, which you receive from your employer in January. If it is incorrect, you must correct the information in the tax return. Keep the pay slips you receive from your employer. They provide a record of how much tax you have paid.

Hope this helps and puts any confusion to rest.

Information resource:
www.euraxess.no/servle...vedsidemal

 

charmed-imsure
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Re: Norway Taxes

Post Posted: Sat May 29, 2010 9:42 pm

I'm sorry but the idea you can condense the Norwegian tax system into so few words is laughable.

Of course, there are any number of things that SHOULD happen, but in my experience, they don't.

Avoid Norway like the plague. I'm getting out of here as soon as I can. House is for sale along with all my personal effects.

It doesn't really matter if the Norwegian system cannot process you because it is incompetent or because it is biased against you. The bottom line is that it cannot process you. The reality is that you end up feeling like a Palestinian.

Mad as it may seem to anyone reading this in the UK, yes, I'm coming back to the UK because I BELIEVE that if there is a problem in the UK, I'll be looked after. I KNOW, in Norway, if I have a problem, my only recourse is to the British Embassy for repatriation with the value of anything I have have garnered in Norway being sold off with the proceeds going to the Norwegian state.

So, to put it bluntly, you can spend as long as you like working in Norway but you'll end up with the Norwegian state having no responsibility to you at all and you'll ultimately be at the mercy of the British welfare system, if you're lucky, so carry on within THAT system.

I came to Norway because there was work there and I had a stable relationship there. After the relationship broke up, the Norwegian state has actually asked me to pay more in national taxes, child welfare, local taxes, pension contributions (which you can't access anyway because it's so easy for the UDI .... the Norwegian State to prove you are just a British visitor to Norway for a few years) than I actually earn. Yes. It's that mad. The demands total up to more than I actually earn and rent (interest) is being added all the time.

The UK has never been much use to me but please, don't come near Norway. The Norwegians are very fine people. Come here for a holiday but don't think of settling here. It's a kind of apartheid. I can't wait to get out. Fortunately, I'm still young enough to build a life elsewhere. I know the UK is useless to loads of people there right now but go somewhere they speak English and the documentation (HUGE amounts of it in Norway .... in one of the three variations of Norwegian will take up thousands of pounds worth of your "man hours" for you to discover it isn't worth it) .... Canada, New Zealand, Australia.

Norway? Great place? Great people. Come for a holiday? Definitely. Settle here? You must be out of your mind.

It's very simple. The Norwegians don't want to work. They have a great life on their social security which is paid for by the oil fund and the taxes paid by immigrants (and the few Norwegians noble enough to actually work and pay taxes). Norway needs immigrant workers. It just doesn't want them to become Norwegian.

Come for a holiday instead .....

 

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Re: Norway Taxes

Post Posted: Sat May 29, 2010 9:50 pm

and if you don't believe me, google "Sunnfjord Likningskontor", give them a ring then come back here and tell us what happened.

 

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Re: Norway Taxes

Post Posted: Sat May 29, 2010 10:29 pm

- JonInNorway

I'm sorry but the idea you can condense the Norwegian tax system into so few words is laughable.



That's unnecessarily harsh given that the OP doesn't appear to have intended to do any such thing and is simply trying to help...

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Re: Norway Taxes

Post Posted: Sun May 30, 2010 3:45 am

What are YOUR experiences with the Norwegian tax system Jamie? Mine are appalling.

 

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Re: Norway Taxes

Post Posted: Sun May 30, 2010 3:56 am

We don't have a huge number of people posting on here and I feel it's my duty to act as a balance. If you get a chance to come to Norway and trust the deal you sign up for is kosher, go for it BUT, please, keep your eyes open. 350g of peanut butter is £2.80 here. If you're being offered a job in Norway, it may be because getting a Norwegian to fill the post would be WAY too expensive. If you put a price on your own time and your dreams of enjoying Norway quickly become never ending nights filling in Norwegian forms regarding residency, family, ethnicity, qualifications and so, it may not seem like such a good deal.

The bottom line is I know a few Brits who have paid into the Norwegian welfare system for around 25 years who, for various reasons now have no work here and have gone into their local NAV office to be told they are entitled to ...... 0 help from the Norwegian state and their "social security payments" had been erroneously marked thus and were actually importation duties. Yes. As a Brit, your work can be classified as an import liable to duties.

 

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Re: Norway Taxes

Post Posted: Sun May 30, 2010 4:42 am

- JonInNorway

What are YOUR experiences with the Norwegian tax system Jamie? Mine are appalling.



My experience of the Norwegian tax system is irrelevant, the point I was trying to make was in relation to forum etiquette.

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