Helping companies succeed

Doing business in Norway

Magnus Legal is a Norwegian business law firm. We specialize in helping foreign companies succeed when doing business in Norway. In addition, we assist employees with their tax returns and with other legal issues related to working in Norway.

Magnus Legal is a preferred partner for international companies with business activities in Norway. We provide legal assistance to a wide range of clients, from start-ups to multinational groups, covering a variety of business industries.

Establishing a business in Norway

Do you need help establishing your business in Norway? The type of corporation you choose is of great importance in relation to liability, risk, tax, rights and duties. Contact Magnus Legal for advice on how to optimize the registration and organization of your company.

Corporate tax

The international tax team in Magnus Legal holds extensive knowledge of Norwegian taxation. We regularly assist foreign companies establishing a business structure in Norway, and offer an assessment of the tax liability for both the companies and their employees.

VAT in Norway

Foreign businesses that start up activities liable to VAT in Norway must calculate and pay VAT in the same way as Norwegian businesses.  The VAT is reported on VAT returns that normally are filed every other month. Magnus Legal holds extensive knowledge of Norwegian and foreign VAT.

Work in Norway

Magnus Legal is the professional partner that assists both foreign employers and expatriates with Norwegian compliance obligations. We also solve legal issues related to Norwegian tax and social security contribution.

Labour law

For foreign employers, it could be hard to relate to Norwegian labour law, including the mandatory system for holiday and holiday pay, the strict regulations of working hours and the rules of dismissal.

Expats

Working as an expat leads to obligations to Norway. Magnus Legal has considerable experience with legal assistance for expats, and provides many services for expats working in Norway.

Individual tax return

Everyone who works in Norway or on the Norwegian continental shelf is liable to submit a tax return to the Norwegian Tax Administration. The tax return provides an overview of your income, deductions, wealth and debts. The tax return must be completed by 30 April the year following the income year.

Public procurement

The annual value of Norwegian public procurement is estimated at more than NOK 500 billion. The field is governed by a set of rules that are meant to ensure fair competition, integrity and predictability in the procurement process, and equal treatment of providers. We can help your company through the bidding process.

Corporate law

Our lawyers regularly provide legal assistance in all areas of corporate law from establishing companies, through the many challenges you face in daily operations, including changing capital needs, buying and selling of stocks, restructuring and transformation to dissolution of companies.

Real estate

There are special rules and regulations related to tax, VAT and corporate law governing the operations, restructuring and realization of real estate. Our real estate lawyers provide legal assistance to builders and property owners, and have extensive experience in counselling and litigation related to real estate projects.

Contracts

We assists in the preparation of written agreements that clarify the obligations of each party. Our skilled lawyers are experienced in contracts related to outsourcing processes, ICT, mergers, acquisitions, demergers, rental agreements, employment contracts, supplier and customer agreements and contracts related to real estate.

International reach

Magnus Legal is a member of MSI Global Alliance (MSI), a leading international association of independent legal and accounting firms. The membership in MSI enables Magnus Legal to quickly source reliable, local expertise wherever in the world clients are involved in doing business. 

Do it right

As always, it is better to do the right things from the beginning than to tidy up afterwards. Click for an article that gives a brief overview of the required actions applicable in 2019 to foreign companies with business operations in Norway, including information on registration, reporting and tax liability in Norway.

Do the right things when doing business in Norway

Legal assistance - personal attention

Our lawyers emphasize personal service, individual attention and a close and informal cooperation based on trust. Our goal is to provide high quality legal assistance in a timely manner and at reasonable rates. All services are customized to the individual needs of our clients, whether business or individual.

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News

Postponed deadline for VAT applications

The deadline for refund of Norwegian VAT, is postponed from 30 June to 30 September.

Tax rates Norway 2019

The tax percent in Norway depend on the income and it is determined with basic income tax and bracket tax.

From our blog

Opportunities in Norway

12.09.2019 Total investments in Norway are expected to increase in 2020. This means great opportunities for companies in industries such as oil and gas and construction.

ID cards for building and construction sites in Norway

03.09.2019 Most foreign companies with assignments at Norwegian building or construction sites need specific ID cards for their workers. Without these ID cards their workers will be denied access to Norwegian building or construction sites. Below we will explain further what these ID cards are, why they are needed, and how to get them.

Import to Norway – VAT and customs

09.07.2019 Norway is not a member of the European Union (EU), but it is a member of the European Economic Area (EEA). This means that transactions of goods across Norwegian borders and to or from the EU will be regarded as import or export supplies. This, in turn, creates a few challenges you should observe before entering into an agreement with a company established in Norway. 

Work permits in Norway for skilled workers

25.06.2019 Foreign nationals who intend to work in Norway may need to apply for a work permit. Generally, non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals need to apply for a permit to reside and work in Norway. Working in Norway illegally may result in reactions such as expulsion, prohibition from future entry, and registration in the Schengen Information System.

VAT for foreign businesses operating in Norway: 7 frequently asked questions

11.06.2019 Foreign enterprises that direct their business towards the Norwegian market will at some point face Norwegian VAT regulations and must know how to act. Learning the basics of Norwegian VAT regulations enables you to get the VAT deductions you are entitled to and can also help you to avoid expensive mistakes.

Calculation and payment of holiday pay in Norway

14.05.2019 As an employer, it is important that you know the legislation for both calculation and payment of holiday pay in Norway. Mistakes may have financial consequences and could also lead to reputation loss for your company.