Information for private individuals who are customers of Norwegian financial institutions

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Since 1 January 2016, Norwegian financial institutions have been obliged to record information regarding the tax residency of their customers and whether they are US citizens. They must also request the foreign tax identification number of these customers. The account information must be reported to the Norwegian Tax Administration, which will forward the information to the tax authorities in the customer's home country. The purpose of these rules is to ensure that financial income and assets in Norway are taxed correctly in the customer's home country. You may therefore be asked to state where you are resident for tax purpose, among other things.

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What agreements has Norway entered into regarding information exchange?

The Norwegian Tax Administration sends account information to foreign tax authorities based on international agreements that Norway has entered into with other countries.

Norway and several other countries have signed up to a multilateral agreement dated 29 October 2014 concerning automatic information exchange. This agreement forms a framework for the international standard for the automatic exchange of financial information, also known as the "Common Reporting Standard" or "CRS". You can find more information about this agreement via the OECD Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) portal

On 15 April 2013, Norway and the USA entered into an agreement to  improve international tax compliance and implement FATCA. The agreement builds on the US FATCA legislation (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act). The agreement was submitted to the Storting in Prop. 138 S (2012-13).

Information sent to the tax authorities in other countries is subject to a duty of confidentiality. An assessment will be made to determine whether the countries have adequate legislation, systems and routines to ensure that the information does not go astray.

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