Auditor-General’s Office criticizes Norwegian state for charging too high fees

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The Norwegian state earns more than NOK 600 million on fees for a number of services. That’s a hidden tax, according to the Office of the Auditor-General.

The Office of the Auditor-General carried out an inquiry into whether the state complies with the Norwegian parliament’s (Storting) regulations for fees for services such as registration of property, registration in the movable property register, and the theory test for driving licenses. 

The inquiry showed that the Norwegian state is charging excessive fees.

“Fees for public services should not be higher than their costs. That fact that we as citizens pay NOK 627 million more than the actual costs for the services is a hidden tax.

“The state administration cannot impose this on us,” Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss noted.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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