The role of employer

As an employer, you have an extra responsibility for your employees. You are defined as an employer if you pay salary or other remuneration or benefits.

What do I have to do as an employer?

When you become an employer, you must familiarise yourself with how to deduct tax and submit information to the Norwegian Tax Administration.

If you employ anyone, you must:

  • Draw up an employment contract and obtain tax deduction cards electronically.
  • Enter your employees in the Register of Employers and Employees (the Aa register) by submitting the a-melding. If anyone leaves, you must also report this via the a-melding.
  • Pay employer's National Insurance contributions on the salary you pay your employees. Different rates apply to employer’s National Insurance contributions, depending on where in the country the employer is resident.
  • Pay the tax deduction 
    You must transfer the tax you have deducted from the employees’ salaries to a separate tax deduction account. Alternatively, you can provide a bank guarantee for the amount. You can find out more about this from the tax collector/treasurer in your municipality.

The tax deductions must be paid six times a year.

When are you an employer?

  • You will be considered an employer when you pay salary or other remuneration. This means that if it is you who pays the salary, it will also be you who is the employer.
  • You will also be considered an employer if another party (representative) makes the payment on your behalf but you bear the financial risk.
  • Private individuals who engage someone to carry out maintenance or gardening in their home or holiday home, for example, may have obligations as an employer. Simplified rules apply to private employers.
  • In sole proprietorships, you are not an employee of your own enterprise. If you have employees in addition to yourself and other people in your own family, you are an employer.
  • If you work for your own private limited company, you will be considered an employee and an employer.