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Registration in the Value Added Tax Register

Any self-employed person, or person responsible for an organisation with turnover above a certain threshold amount, will normally be obliged to register the enterprise in the Value Added Tax Register.

Which enterprises must be registered?

The threshold amount is

  • NOK 50,000 for businesses and most organisations
  • NOK 140,000 for charitable and benevolent organisations

Some types of goods and services are not liable for VAT. Only turnover liable for VAT is taken into consideration when we decide whether the business or organisation is required to register.

In doubt?

Answer a few questions, and we will help you find out whether your business must be registered:

How to register

We have launched a new service that will simplify the registration process in the Value Added Tax Register, replacing the Coordinated register notification part 2.

The new solution does currently not support changing or delition of an application. Then you have to use Coordinated register notification.

Make sure that your business is registered in the Central Coordinating Register for Legal Entities before you move forward.

If you’re signing on behalf of someone else, you must have the Altinn role “Limited signing rights”. If the enterprise you’re registering is a Norwegian registered foreign company (NUF), you must have the role “Contact person NUF”. Read more about roles and rights at Altinn.

Enterprises that are registered in the Value Added Tax Register must:

  • Collect value added tax on behalf of the government
  • Pay value added tax on goods and services which you purchase for the enterprise in Norway
  • Calculate how much VAT you must pay when you import goods for the enterprise
  • Declare to the Norwegian Tax Administration how much value added tax you’ve paid and collected
  • Pay the difference between the value added tax you collect on your sales (output VAT) and the value added tax you pay on your purchases (input VAT)


Cooperating companies can apply for joint registration.

This applies to:

  • Several enterprises operated by the same owner, either a person or a company
  • Cooperating companies
  • Student welfare organisations
  • Universities
  • Health authorities
  • Credit unions
  • Business run jointly, such as joint ownership

For cooperating companies, it’s a condition that one or more of the other companies own at least 85 % of the capital in each company.

The enterprises can register separately if they are separated from the rest of the business, and have their own accounting.

You can apply for voluntary registration in the Value Added Tax Register for the letting of buildings or installations for use by enterprises that are registered in accordance with the Value Added Tax Act. This also applies to buildings and installations intended for use by public sector enterprises that are entitled to VAT compensation.

Read more about voluntary registration

If you expect significant VAT-liable sales within a short period, you can pre-register in the Value Added Tax Register.

Pre-registration in the VAT Register

Enterprises that do not have a place of business or domicile in Norway, must  register with a representative. The representative must have his / her domicile or  registered business address in Norway, and is jointly responsible for submitting the VAT report and paying due value added tax (joint and several liability). You must find a representative yourself.

The obligation to register by representative does not apply if you’re resident in one of the following EEA countries: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary and Austria.

If you do not have a Norwegian national identity number, you do not have access to Altinn. Submit the paper version of the coordinated register notification part 1. The Brønnøysund Register processes the form and allocates an organisation number.

When you exceed the threshold amount of NOK 50 000, you must complete the coordinated register notification part 2 in order to be registered in the Value Added Tax Register.