Catholics must pay for fraud

Norway’s Supreme Court has refused to hear another appeal from the Catholic Church in Oslo, which was accused of fraudulently inflating membership numbers in order to receive more state funding. That means the Catholics must refund around NOK 100 million in taxpayer support. Norwegian taxpayers provide financial support to all religious groups based on membership […]

Court orders Oslo to refund initial property tax bills

Norway’s Supreme Court has ruled that the City of Oslo had no right to start charging income tax just months after a Labour Party-led coalition won the last municipal election in 2015. TV2 reported Wednesday afternoon that 55,000 Oslo property owners will now be reimbursed for the first tax assessments sent out in 2016. The […]

Mayor harassed, ministers shocked

Norwegian leaders right up to the prime minister’s office were shocked to hear this week about how opponents of road tolls (bompenger) in the Stavanger area have harassed a local mayor and her family. Now the government mnister in charge of local governments is calling in the leaders of all political parties to address what she […]

Supreme Court hears property tax case

A class action lawsuit against Oslo’s property tax system, filed on behalf of 3,400 Oslo residents, made it into the Supreme Court this week. It claims the Labour Party-led Oslo city government’s property tax is illegal because its burden isn’t equally shared. “We hope we win the court’s support for our objection in principle that […]

Millions can expect tax refunds

Norwegians have been receiving their tax returns for 2018 from Norway’s state tax agency (Skatteetaten) in the past fews days, most of them already filled in since employers, financial institutions and organizations all send individuals’ payments and deductions directly to the agency. If no changes are necessary, Norwegians can simply approve them, with most able […]

Electric cars claim more than half the market

Electric car sales in Norway accounted for 58.4 percent of the market in March, thus claiming more than half of all car sales for the first time ever. Norway has long led the pack in so-called el-bil popularity but now the numbers are being branded as “historic.” Major tax incentives have been behind the acceleration […]

‘Facebook, Google undermine tax system’

Norwegian tax director Hans Christian Holte fears for the global tax system, when major players like Facebook, Google and Amazon can legally avoid taxation where they operate. He’s demanding new regulations that would force the social media giants to pay up. “We are most concerned about securing confidence in the tax system,” Holte told state […]

Government fends off new tax ‘chaos’

Norway’s newly expanded majority government came under fire right away in Parliament this week. Finance Minister Siv Jensen had to fend off a barrage of questions and criticism regarding the “chaos” that’s emerged over how job benefits now must be accounted for, and taxed. It’s not a position Jensen would have expected to find herself […]

Opposition parties keen to raise taxes

As the state budget dust settles on the conservative side of Norwegian politics, every single party on the left side is proposing budgets that contain billions of kroner in higher taxes. That’s not as controversial in Norway as in many other countries, but highlights clearer differences among the eight parties in Parliament, and clearer choices […]

Violin sale led to big tax bill

It was no surprise that Norwegian performing artists like Kygo, Alan Walker and members of the legendary band a-ha would show up on the latest tax lists with substantial fortunes. The biggest fortune of them all, however, was held by 81-year-old violinist Arve Tellefsen. “I sold my violin for 80 million kroner,” Tellefsen explained to […]