Norway’s Tax Administration isn’t able to send out tax cards to foreigners quickly enough

Skatteetaten - Tax AuthorityPhoto: Lise Åserud / NTB

A lot of foreigners who come to Norway to work have to wait a long time before they get a tax card. The Tax Administration’s shop steward says insufficient resources are to blame.

Many foreign workers who came to Norway after the reopening have not received a tax card. This means that they are taxed at 50%, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reports.

Trade union representative Erik Boberg Dibba in the Tax Administration says that there are not enough resources in the agency.

“We do not have the opportunity to respond quickly enough, and then we have situations where people do not have the opportunity to get a tax card and thus are taxed at 50%,” he added.

State Secretary Kristin Holm Jensen (H) in the Ministry of Finance says that the government hasn’t cut Tax Administration funding to a significant extent.

“No, we believe that this can not be the case here. The cuts were related to the debureaucratization and efficiency reform, a rather small cut in a large budget. We believe it is important that state-owned enterprises also streamline their operations. The Tax Administration does this in a good way,” she added.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayFinance

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