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BSU - Young people's housing savings

BSU is a form of saving for people under the age of 34. You can save up to NOK 25,000 per year and you can deduct up to NOK 5,500 per year from your tax. The total savings amount is NOK 300,000.

Only individuals who do not own residential property will receive a tax deduction as a result of saving in a BSU account.

New in 2021

From 1 January 2021, only those who do not own a property will be granted a tax deduction when saving money in a BSU account.

From 1 January 2021, you can also use BSU savings for upgrades and maintenance.

Who is eligible to save

You can save in a BSU account and claim tax deductions up to and including the income year in which you reach the age of 33. There is no lower age limit for setting up a BSU account, but you can only claim tax deductions once you start earning an income. You are advised not to open a BSU account if you are under 17 and do not receive taxable employment income.

The savings contract

BSU accounts can only be set up once for each person. You enter into the contract with your bank or other savings institution. You cannot have two BSU accounts or set up a new BSU account once a previous account has been settled. You can transfer your BSU account from one approved savings institution (such as a bank) to another if the balance is transferred directly between the savings institutions.

Maximum annual savings amount and how long you can continue saving for

You cannot save more than NOK 25,000 per year. From 2021, the amount will be NOK 27,500. The total savings amount deposited in the account cannot exceed NOK 300,000. If the amount deposited exceeds the maximum amount, the surplus amount will be returned to you.

Interest on the savings cannot be used as part of the annual savings amount. Interest is also not taken into account when calculating the maximum savings amount. Interest cannot be withdrawn until the savings are used to purchase a property. However, you can withdraw interest which accrues from the income year in which you reach the age of 34.

You do not have to save every year. There is also no limit on the number of savings years, but you cannot continue saving once you reach the age of 34.

You cannot pay in further savings once you have started to use the savings in the BSU account or the contract has been breached.

You cannot claim a deduction if you have full or part ownership of a primary or secondary dwelling as of 31 December in the income year. This applies to both direct and indirect ownership.

If your bank has reported the deduction to the Tax Administration, you will find it in your tax return. This assumes that you actually meet the terms of the BSU deduction.

If the deduction is not shown in your tax return and you have actually paid savings to a BSU account during the year, you must ask the bank to notify the Tax Administration of the amount.

Slik vises BSU i skattemeldingen

  • Purchase a new permanent home for your own use (e.g. to purchase a freehold property or cooperative or stock apartment). The savings do not have to be used to purchase a first home.
  • Purchase sum for essential plots
  • Payment of interest and instalments on loans for existing residential property, essential shares or stocks. The condition for this is that the property, etc. was purchased after the BSU contract was established.
  • Purchase of garage.
  • Improvements to or maintenance of a residential property.This is new from 1 July 2021, but applies from 1 January 2021.

  • Purchasing or repaying debt on properties other than your own permanent home
  • For example, savings in a BSU account cannot be used to purchase a holiday home without breaching the conditions for tax deductions.

In the event of a breach of the rules for BSU savings accounts, an addition will be made to the tax payable for the income year in which the rules are broken corresponding to the amount of tax for which a deduction was previously given. If a proportion of the savings is used in accordance with the applicable conditions, the addition will only be made to the tax that relates to the part of the savings which was not used to purchase a new permanent home. In the case of partial withdrawal for a residential property, the conditions for first-time withdrawals will be assessed.

The savings can be used to

  • Purchase a new permanent home for your own use (for example, to purchase a freehold, condominium, share or leasehold apartment). There is no requirement that the savings be used for a first-time home purchase.
  • Purchase a necessary plot
  • Pay interest and instalments on loans for existing residential property, necessary share, condominium or leasehold apartment.
  • Purchase a garage. As long as the acquisition of the garage takes place within five years of the acquisition of the residential property. The garage must be connected to the residential property.
  • Pay for upgrades and maintenance of your residential property. This is new as of 1 July 2021, but applies from 1 January 2021.

The savings cannot be used for

  • Purchasing or repaying debt on properties other than your permanent home.
  • For example, you cannot use the savings in a BSU account to purchase a holiday home without breaching the conditions for tax deduction.