Norway is introducing SAF-T reporting for corporate entities, either resident or with physical presence in Norway (VAT registered businesses). From 1st January 2017 onwards it is required to provide SAFT-NO files in XML format on request of the Norwegian Tax authorities.
Tax authorities, due to technological innovations, have become increasingly better in executing their tax audit. The probability that the Tax Authorities will issue additional assessments and penalties in the near future because errors in indirect tax are detected, increases by the day. The SAF-T standard, originally created by the OECD, is intended to give tax authorities easy access to the relevant data in an easily readable format. This leads to much more efficient and effective tax inspections.
Filing SAF-T will be mandatory for taxpayers: of NOK 5 million gross, or annual transactions above 600 per annum.
The requirements in Norway are similar to OECD standard with only couple of exceptions. Not all OECD data types are required. Only the below subset has to be provided on request to the Norwegian tax authority:
- Company identification
- General Ledger entries: accounting documents
Integrated SAP solution
Our SAP add-on is extendable to countries such as Norway that uses the OECD framework as the basis for SAF-T reports. Note that countries might have their own specific local requirements but in case the basic required data are covered in the OECD framework it could be managed with country specific variants. You can compare it with the EU VAT requirements: EU Directive as framework with some country specific rules based on the options in the EU Directive.
Published by Richard Cornelisse
Richard advises multinational businesses in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of their Indirect Tax Function and Tax Control Framework.
He started his career as a manager at Arthur Andersen and then became a partner in EY where I led the indirect tax performance team for Netherlands and Belgium. Currently he is a senior managing director of Key Group.
Richard has over 20 years’ experience advising clients on international VAT issues. He is specialized in the tax aspects of financial transformations, shared service centre migration, and post merger integration work. Richard is also somewhat of a mentor, giving back to the profession. If you are interested in conversation and discussion, please feel free to contact him.