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Changes to tax and import procedures in Norway

Beginning from January 1, 2024, the temporary exemption from customs declaration for goods with a value of less than NOK 350 will be removed. All goods without a VOEC number will be stopped for customs clearance on import into Norway to pay duty. Starting from January 1, 2024, businesses must also digitally provide their unique VOEC number to whoever is responsible for transporting the goods.


This guide is for e-commerce companies that sell online via web stores or at marketplaces to Norway customers.

Norway’s tax system has a simplified VAT scheme VOEC (VAT on eCommerce). The VOEC scheme can only be used by suppliers without a registered office or place of residence in Norway. The scheme applies only to goods worth less than NOK 3,000. The VOEC scheme is not available for foodstuffs, excisable goods, and prohibited or illegal goods.

From January 1, 2023, Norway’s VOEC scheme also applies to all services that can be provided remotely, such as legal services and consulting services.


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VAT Standard rate

The standard VAT rate in Norway in 2023 is 25%.


VAT Reduced rates


  • Certain products and services, including foodstuffs, are eligible for a special reduced rate.


  • Certain products and services are eligible for the special reduced rate, including food, passenger transport, accommodation, public broadcasting, and entry to cinemas, sporting events, amusement parks, and activity centers.



NOK 50,000

  • Distance sales threshold.


  • If a seller uses a local warehouse (for example Amazon FBA);
  • If a seller sells excise goods, such as tobacco or alcohol.


Deductible VAT

VAT in input invoices might be credited if goods or services were used to make taxable supplies in Norway. Examples include:

  • VAT paid at custom clearance with your VAT number;
  • VAT paid to Norwegian suppliers.


Registration procedure

There are two possibilities to register for VAT – a simplified VOEC scheme for low-value goods or a registration in the Norwegian VAT Register. In both cases, the company will be required to complete and submit the VAT registration forms on the website of the Norwegian tax administration.

After registering with VOEC the foreign company will need to charge VAT to the customer at the point of sale and mark its consignments with a VOEC identification number and relevant information to ensure correct customs clearance.

VAT is not charged on VOEC goods at the border, because VAT is already charged on goods.


Tax representative

Enterprises without a place of business or permanent residence in Norway have to register through a representative. Unlike a business, a representative must have a place of business or a registered office in Norway. The representative is also jointly responsible for filing the VAT report and paying the value-added tax.

Enterprises from the following countries are exempt from the obligation to appoint a tax representative and their tax representatives are not jointly liable for VAT: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.


Filing VAT returns

In Norway, you have to submit VAT returns and pay VAT quarterly. The reporting period under the VOEC scheme is also quarterly. The calendar quarter begins on January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1.

The deadline for VAT payments is the 20th day following the end of the quarter.

Companies can also keep track of deadlines at the Lovat portal.


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Digital services

Effective since 1 July 2011.

The Norwegian tax system has a simplified Value Added Tax registration and reporting scheme for electronic service providers (VAT on Electronic Services – VOES). The tax applies to electronic communication services provided to individuals and non-business customers.


VAT Standard rate

The standard VAT rate in Norway in 2023 is 25%.


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VAT Reduced rates


  • Intermediary services in renting rooms


  • Books (including audiobooks), subscription to newspapers, news services, periodicals, and other publications


VAT calculation peculiarity

VAT= Total revenue * 25/125.



If the total value of supplies to customers in Norway exceeds NOK 50,000 within 12 months, electronic service providers must register with the Norwegian VAT register or with the VOES simplified VAT scheme.


E-services list

  • Capable of being provided from a remote location;
  • Provided via the Internet or any other electronic network;
  • Cannot be provided in the absence of information technology;
  • Are of a nature that makes their provision essentially automated.

To be considered electronic services, all requirements must be met.


Registration procedure

To report and pay VAT in Norway a foreign supplier has to use the simplified VOEC scheme. The Norwegian VOES scheme equals the non-union OSS VAT scheme. The VOES system applies only to sales to customers and does not apply to business sales.


Reverse charge mechanism

When e-commerce sells services to Norwegian businesses there is no obligation on a seller to charge Norwegian VAT even if you have a VOES VAT number – it is an obligation of Norwegian business buyers to calculate VAT. Business should provide their organization number/business identification number, which has nine digits, starting with 8 or 9.  If a Norwegian buyer cannot give you such a number you must treat such a sale as B2C.


VAT payment and returns filing date

VAT must be declared every quarter and paid in Norwegian kroner. The deadline for declaring is 20 days after the end of the period.



If the business ceases to operate or ceases to meet the necessary conditions, the supplier will be excluded from the simplified registration system.

In addition, exclusion from the simplified registration system will follow for repeated failure to comply with its obligations under the Value Added Tax Act.

In the case of being removed from the simplified registration system, suppliers can register with the Norwegian VAT and must do so if they are still engaged in activities subject to VAT.


Keeping records

Accounting records must be kept for at least five years after the end of the reporting year.


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