Reporting and paying VAT

Once your business has been registered in the VAT Register, you must submit tax returns for VAT (Tax return for VAT) six times a year. The tax return for VAT is a report of vatable sales and purchases made during the period.

How to report

Reporting can be done directly through most accounting systems or through the Tax Administration systems.

VAT return: View, change and submit


The return must be submitted and outstanding VAT must be paid within one month and ten days after the end of each period. The periods are as follows:

  • 1st period January/February - 10 April
  • 2nd period March/April- 10 June
  • 3rd period May/June- 31 August
  • 4th period July/August - 10 October
  • 5th period September/October - 10 December
  • 6th period November/December - 10 February

The tax return for VAT must be submitted even if there were no sales during the period concerned.

Annual tax return for VAT

When you have been registered for VAT for at least a year, you can apply to submit tax returns for VAT annually (annual tax return for VAT) if your turnover is less than NOK 1 million. 

The Norwegian Tax Administration – Small enterprises can apply to report VAT once a year

The submission and payment deadline for the annual tax return for VAT is the 10th March in the year after the income year. If you apply to submit annual tax returns for VAT, the deadline is 1 February in the income year. If you submit annual VAT returns, but would prefer to submit one return per period, you must submit an application to do so to the tax office by 1 December in order for the new arrangement to take effect in the following year.

The Norwegian Tax Administration - Report VAT

Businesses within agriculture, forestry and fishing (the primary industries)

If you are involved in agriculture, Animal husbandry, horticulture, market gardening, forestry, or fisheries the VAT return is submitted once a year. 10 April is the deadline for submission and payment. You can also include sales from another sector in this tax return for VAT if the sales in that sector do not exceed NOK 30,000 during the year. If you exceed this limit, you must register the other activity for VAT separately. You can do this even if the sales in other industry do not exceed NOK 50,000.

Late payment interest and enforcement fine

Interest will be calculated on overdue VAT payments. 

Additionally, enforcement fines of NOK 622 per day may be imposed if you submit too late, fail to submit or if there are obvious errors in the information you submit. The fine cannot exceed NOK 62,150. Pay attention to the deadlines and submit on time. 

The Norwegian Tax Administration on Enforcement fine

Regulations on interest on late payments and compensation for debt collection costs (in Norwegian only)

Imports and VAT

The basis for calculating VAT in connection with imports is determined using the customs value. In other words, what you either have paid or will pay for the goods abroad, including the cost of transportation to Norway, insurance, packaging, etc. plus any customs and excise duties.

The basis for VAT is stated in the tax return for VAT. If your enterprise is not registered for VAT, VAT must be paid at the customs office or via the shipping agent/carrier.

More information on this can be found in the article on imports.

When you import gifts, VAT must be paid on gift consignments with a value of over NOK 1,000.

Remote delivered services

When you purchase remotely deliverable services from abroad (e.g. software and consultancy services provided via the internet), the purchase must be included in the tax return for VAT when the purchase concerns a service which would have been subject to VAT in the case of a sale from a Norwegian enterprise.

If you are not registered in the VAT Register, such purchases must be reported via a separate tax return for VAT. This return must be submitted every three months, but you do not calculate and pay VAT until the combined value of remote delivered services in a quarter exceeds NOK 2,000, excluding VAT.

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