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

Hypotax

12.11.2019

Work assignments across borders are common, but it can be a problem to recruit personnel with the right qualifications for positions abroad. One reason may be the uncertainty related to tax rates in a foreign country. Tax issues could cause doubts for employees offered international assignments.

Permanent establishment in Norway – 3 grey areas

29.10.2019

As a main rule, Norway can only impose tax on business profits from a foreign company with a permanent establishment in Norway. Accordingly, it makes sense that the term “permanent establishment” is much-discussed amongst tax advisors in Norway.