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Hello folks,

After reading the posts on this section with regards to Norwegian tax, I was lead to believe that I could get my employer to fill in a form to exempt me from contributing to Norwegian NI.

So I emailed payroll and asked them to do so, and recieved the reply that I had to pay the Norwegian ni as a brit working there, but they would send a form to the UK inland revenue to exempt me from UK NICs .... I don't think that makes much difference as I am not earning a wage in the UK now anyhow.

Does any one know for sure if I do have to pay Norwegian nics whilst over here, or is my payroll office incorrect and I should peruse the case with them? So far I have been told I will receive 10% discount on income tax to a max of 40,000 NOK as I live in the UK. Also I may be able to claimnoggie seafarers deductions upto 80000NOk.

And usefull advice is aprechiated.

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yes !!
you should have received from your company a certificate for exemption to Norwegian social insurance.
claim for 10 percent standard deduction class allowance and Seafarers Allowance (130 days on vessel), on top of your standard allowance.
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That is minimum 132 days on vessel..
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Thanks for the quick replies. I will Email the office again on Monday, and press the issue that I do not have to pay social / national insurance to Norway. I belive the company has only just started a couple of UK guys, so maybe the payroll lady is wrong.thanks for the advice guys.
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Yup, you should be exempt unless you are working there 12 months a year.

This link may help http://www.nav.no/English/Working+in+Norway/Employee+on+the+Norwegian+continental+shelf/Check+list+-+Employee+on+the+Norwegian+continental+shelf

2. Documentation of exemption
In order to be exempted from Norwegian National insurance, the social security authorities in the employing country must issue form E101 confirming that you are a member of the social security scheme there. You must send the form to NAV Madla Trygd.

3. Registration with the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme
In order to be registered with the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme, you must send an application form to NAV National Office for Social Insurance Abroad.
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The company I'm working for , in a full time salaried role is a Norwegian company, based in Norway. Nearly all of their work is in Norway too.
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Ray, after reading the link you posted, it sounds as if I might have to pay ni to Norway, as I am employed by a Norwegian company. I wonder if I pay voluntary contributions in the uk , I could be exempt from Norway ni?
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from taxnorway.no

The following are deemed not to be ships in service:

Ferries or passenger vessels that only sail between Norwegian ports where the distance between the first and last port of call is less than 300 nautical miles.
Vessels used in petroleum activities that are engaged in exploration, exploration drilling, extraction, exploitation and pipeline transportation.
Ships that sail on Norwegian lakes and rivers.
Ships engaged in stationary activity and harbour traffic or other activity over a limited distance where the distance sailed does not exceed 30 nautical miles.
Accommodation ships or ships used as work platforms, missionary ships, theatre ships etc.
Pleasure craft, vessels used for hospitality purposes, shuttle boats etc.
Fishing, whaling and sealing vessels, but only for the period the vessel is used for fishing and whaling/sealing.
The rule requiring 130 days on board during the income year:

In addition to the main occupation requirement, it is, in principle, a requirement that the seafarer has actually worked on board for a total of 130 days in one and the same income year. Days spent on board the ship where the income is not subject to Norwegian taxation can also be included when calculating the 130 days.
If the seafarer has worked on board for less than 130 days, the condition is deemed to be met if the employment relationship is covered by a collective agreement that presupposes at least 130 days on average on board during the year.
If the seafarer has started working late or finished working early in the year, so that he/she has less than 130 days on board, he/she may nonetheless qualify for the seafarers’ allowance if the employment relationship is covered by a collective agreement as mentioned above.
If the seafarer has been ill and has received sickness benefit for part of the year so that he/she has less than 130 days on board, he/she may nonetheless qualify for the seafarers’ allowance if the employment relationship is covered by a collective agreement as mentioned above.
Work for short periods of time on board (less than 130 days) as a stand-in or similar do not entitle to seafarers’ allowance even if the employment relationship is covered by a collective agreement.
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Tho the above is for claiming tax back, not National Insurance.

The advice given is for people from outside Norway, I would think if you are working in Norway, for a Norwegian company, then you would be paying their NI. But it would appear if you are paying Norwegian NI, then you do not pay it to UK, its one or the other.
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@Ray....Agreed.

Thanks for all contributions from posters.

Woodchopper.
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All those working on the Norwegian continental shelf are compulsory members of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme.

If you are posted to work on the Norwegian continental shelf for less than 12 months by another employer in an EEA-country or Switzerland, you are exempted from Norwegian National Insurance.

In order to be exempted from Norwegian National insurance, the social security authorities in the employing country must issue form E101 confirming that you are a member of the social security scheme there. You must send the form to NAV Madla Trygd. This may be provided through your employer as part of their payroll registration with the Norwegian tax office or by you as an individual

Prior year claims to refunds are possible - I am currently dealing with claims for individuals where their employers did not claim exemption up to 5 years.
Kind Regards
Steve White


Your Tax Office Ltd
+44 (0) 1438 940 944

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