What is the difference between a table-based card and a percentage card?

Table-based card

With a table-based card, increasingly more tax is deducted the higher your income is. There are a number of different table codes, and these are calculated according to the size of the capital income and deductions entered. The size of the pay or pension has no significance for the table number as long as everything is paid from the same employer.

This means that as long as you have a table-based card and the same employment or pension situation, you retain the same table number even if the pay/pension changes, as long as the other incomes/allowances are the same.

The table-based card consists of two parts. Part 1 contains the table number and it is in accordance with this table that tax is deducted by the main employer. Part 2 of the tax deduction card has the percentage rate which is used if you have several employers, and also for instance for bonus payments. This means that your main income is not deducted a percentage rate.

Are you receiving money from the Labour and Welfare Service (NAV) and have employment income as well? In that case, you must pay particular attention. NAV receives the tax deduction card details electronically and is not always informed whether you have another main employer. Make sure that your main employer and NAV are not both using Part 1 of the tax deduction card and deducting in accordance with the table.

Percentage card

A percentage card deducts the same percentage of tax even if your income changes. This means that if you earn more than the basis used to calculate your tax deduction card, you will pay too little tax. If you earn less, too much tax will be deducted.