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March 20, 2020 / 0 min read - Last updated: October 21, 2022
As of April 1st, 2020, Norway implemented a simplified VAT scheme called VOEC (VAT on Ecommerce). This new scheme replaces the current VAT exemption of 350 NOK on low-value imported goods to consumers.
Here’s what we’ll be covering below in this post:
Norway is essentially following in the footsteps of Australia and New Zealand, who have both made similar changes as of July 1st, 2018 and December 1st, 2019, respectively.
With this new law, foreign sellers and online marketplaces (not established in Norway) must register with the Norwegian Tax Authority once their VAT liable sales reach NOK 50,000 (approximately $5,500 USD or €5,000 EUR) during a 12-month period. They are also required to collect VAT at the point of sale on low-value goods (valued at less than NOK 3,000) and remitted back to the Norwegian Tax Authority on a quarterly basis.
This simplified scheme affects B2C businesses if they meet the following thresholds for selling goods into Norway.
Where possible, Zonos will notify its customers if they are close to the NOK 50,000 threshold, but they are also welcome to verify their sales data to Norway customers.
The Norway VOEC scheme does NOT apply to the following types of goods.
If you will not be over the NOK 50,000 threshold in a 12-month period and will not sell low-value goods below NOK 3,000 directly to Norwegian consumers, then there’s nothing you will need to do!
For those that are over the NOK 50,000 threshold (or expect to meet this amount in a 12-month period) for low-value goods under NOK 3,000, you will need to register with the Norwegian Tax Authority. See information below for registration details.
VAT also needs to be collected at point of sale. Ensure you maintain report information of VAT collection, and remit back to the Norwegian Tax Authority on a quarterly basis.
VAT needs to be reported and paid beginning on the 1st of January, 1st of April, 1st of July, and the 1st of October. Payment will be due 20 days after the end of the quarter.
For example, payment for Q4 beginning on the 1st of January is due by the 20th of January.
The supplier (either the seller, an intermediary agent or electronic platform) needs to register by going to www.skatteetaten.no/voec.
After initial registration, you will be given an identification (VOEC) number and password.
To avoid a second VAT collection at the border, make sure to keep records of VOEC information that shows VAT has already been collected at the point of sale.
We’re here ready to assist with managing the Norway VOEC scheme and any similar law that may go into effect, including New Zealand’s GST and Australia’s GST taxation laws.
Feel free to contact us, or check out the links below for further reading.