Tax and VAT

Tax and VAT

Taxes and excise duties.

This topic concerns your money – whether as a private person or a business. There is no doubt that taxes and excise duties are complex. Do you navigate correctly in order to receive the deductions you are entitled to? Assessing the legislation correctly is vital to avoid exposing you or your business for  the risk of penalties.

For many years the Norwegian tax authorities have had the mantra «correct taxes at the correct  time» - we still have this mantra. You should pay taxes, but not more than what is right. It’s the deductions, the tax free transactions and the correct valuations (eg. transfer pricing) you should be especially aware of. If you can’t present the correct documentation, the tax authorities will conclude that the conditions are not met, with a tax obligation as the result. 

Separate, the legislation on tax and excise duties, and corporate law, are extremely copmlex, it is not easier when these sets of rules are applied in combination. We assist small and medium size, national and international businesses to succeed and reduce their risks. 

Taxes and excise duties is an area with a great deal of complexity that imposes exacting requirements for legal expertise and an understanding of business. The tax regulations in Norway are characterised by constant changes. Good advice is strategically important for an enterprise. Seland Orwall assists a number of different Norwegian and foreign enterprises and provides practical advice, rooted in the client's commercial requirements. 

Seland Orwall is one of Norway's largest and leading law firms in the area of tax and excise duty law. The tax department consists of 15 lawyers with long and extensive experience in this field of practice. All of the lawyers in the tax department have valuable experience from the tax and excise duty administrative bodies or the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, Tax Law Section. 

We assist with continuous tax advice for our clients, particularly in purchases and sales of businesses, restructurings and other transactions. In addition, we regularly provide advice in transactions across national boundaries and other matters of a global nature. 

We have considerable expertise in excise duty law. We assist clients in matters involving VAT and other duties, including duty-related matters in international circumstances. We also have good knowledge of both customs duties and the special tax regimes in Norway. 

Seland Orwall also assists in legal actions against the tax authorities. We routinely conduct tax and excise duty cases before the courts. Several of our lawyers are admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Norway.

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