From 1 April 2020, the Norwegian government is proposing to make changes to the Value Added Tax (VAT) rules that apply to non-resident businesses selling and shipping directly to consumers in the country.
This new regime is an extension to the simplified scheme already in place for cross-border sales of electronic services to consumers (VOES) and will apply to goods imported up to a value of NOK 3,000 (approx. £270).
Currently at import into Norway, consumers can pay the VAT owed at clearance meaning that the non-resident suppliers avoid the need for VAT registration in the country. However, under these new rules the VAT liability for these low value imports will shift from the consumer to the non-resident supplier, meaning that subject to meeting the NOK 50,000 (approx. £4.5k) registration threshold, the non-resident supplier would need to VAT register in order to report and remit VAT in the country.
If introduced, the new system will apply to sales made directly to the consumer and not via an electronic marketplace (Amazon, eBay etc.), as in this scenario the marketplace will be deemed the supplier and would be responsible for the VAT reporting.
The Norwegian tax office also confirmed they will provide a simplified VAT registration and reporting process under this new regime.