Norway – Inflow of Migrants Obliges Government to Amend Budget’s Tax Rates

Norway – Inflow of Migrants Obliges Government to Amend

This GMS Flash Alert reports that Norway’s government issued an amendment to the budget for 2016 that raises individual income tax rates by 0.1-percentage points, as compared to the rates originally presented in the budget.


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On October 30, 2015, Norway’s government issued an amendment to the budget for 2016 that raises individual income tax rates by 0.1-percentage points, as compared to the rates originally presented in the budget.1


While in general, the 2016 budget will reduce taxpayers’ marginal tax rates, this amendment means the reduction will be slightly less than had been anticipated. Ultimately, the overall impact of the tax changes in this budget will depend on each person’s particular circumstances.

International assignment cost projections and budgeting for assignments to Norway, and for assignees outside Norway still subject to Norwegian taxation, should reflect these changes, once they take effect.  Also, where appropriate, adjustments by payroll administrators to withholdings should also be made once the changes take effect.

Context for Amendment to Rates

In order to help cover the government’s expenses tied to its recent commitments to take in a growing number of migrant asylum seekers coming into Norway, the government has issued an amendment to the budget for 2016.  Among the measures to help cover these costs, the individual income tax rates in the budget proposal have been increased by 0.1-percentage point. See the changes in the table below (in bold).

Tax Rate* Income Brackets
25% Ordinary income (uncapped)
0.0% Up to NOK 158,800
0.9% (0.8%) Over NOK 158,800 to NOK 224,900
1.7% (1.6%) Over 224,900 to NOK 565,400
10.7% (10.6%) Over 565,400 to NOK 909,500
13.7% (13.6%) Over NOK 909,500

* Rates in parentheses are what the government originally proposed.


1  For the announcement of the amended rates, see Prop. 1 S Tillegg 1 (2015–2016) Endring av Prop. 1 S (2015–2016) Statsbudsjettet 2016 og Prop. 1 LS (2015–2016) Skatter, avgifter og toll 2016 (økt antall asylankomster).


For additional information or assistance, please contact your usual KPMG GMS or People Services professional or one of the following professionals with the KPMG International member firm in Norway:


Roger Hoffmann 

Tel. +47 4063 9478 


Louise Hemmestad

Tel. +47 4063 9448 

The information contained in this newsletter was submitted by the KPMG International member firm in Norway.

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