About the scheme
The scheme is part of the government’s measures to mitigate the financial effects of the coronavirus situation and the infection control measures.
The scheme applies to employers that are self-employed persons and businesses (ENK), private limited companies (AS), non-profit organisations and foundations, and that have laid off employees as a result of the virus outbreak.
The objective of the scheme is to reduce the number of unemployed persons and laid off employees by encouraging enterprises to bring back laid-off employees despite uncertain prospects.
The scheme is temporary and aimed at the enterprises, non-profit organisations and foundations that meet the requirements for receiving subsidies.
How long will the scheme last?
The application deadline for July and August was 5 November. This application deadline is final, and you cannot apply for a subsidy for these months now.
Employers who had laid off employees as per 31 August 2020 may apply for subsidies for October, November and/or December.
The application form for October, November and December will be available in February 2021. You must apply by 1 March 2021.
Who manages the scheme?
The Ministry of Finance has charged the Tax Administration with implementing and managing the scheme.
Employers applying for subsidies must use a digital application form. In this form, the enterprises will enter information themselves about the enterprise, including various revenue figures, information about their employees and other relevant information.
The application form for October, November and December becomes available in February 2021. You must apply by 1 March 2021. You must submit one application per month.
As an employer, you must report all your workers to the Aa Register using the a-melding. Before you apply for a subsidy, you must have reported all required information and the a-melding must be submitted correctly.
Checks performed before payment
The solution has an integrated accuracy assessment system to verify the identity of the applicant and the subsidy amount against various register data and through cross checks. All approved applications will undergo a credibility assessment before payments are made. If the checks uncover any discrepancies, the application may be processed manually and undergo an extra evaluation.
Checks performed after payment
In addition to automatic checks during the application process, checks are carried out at later stages to uncover potential fraud and crime. The applicant must also be able to document the amounts they have entered at a later stage and have confirmation from an authorised accountant or auditor that the provided amounts are correct. We will perform audits and analyses of various register information, and we will cooperate with other control authorities.
The Norwegian Tax Administration may issue penalties if the enterprise receiving the subsidy has provided incorrect or incomplete information.
You can see who is receiving subsidies
The names of enterprises receiving public subsidies will be made publically available shortly after their applications have been approved.
Information about the enterprise and the amounts they receive will be searchable.