- The VAT or Value Added Tax is a 25% tax added to all purchases in Norway with the exception of food & books. Books are tax exempt.
What is the VAT relief program?
- The VAT refund program is a program for non-tax paying residents to receive back their 25% tax on items purchased in Norway. This program is mandated by the SOFA agreement.
What can I claim on my VAT?
- You may claim non-consumable items. This includes, but is not limited to: household goods, vehicle parts, clothing, toys, and electronics. Contact 426 ABS Force Support with questions.
What can I NOT claim on my VAT?
- You may NOT claim any consumable items. This includes, but is not limited to: food, beauty products, light bulbs, paper or service/labor fees. The basic idea is if you cannot PCS with it then you cannot claim it.
How long will it take for me to receive my VAT claim?
- The average VAT claim is 3 to 6 months to be deposited into your personal account.
Where do I get the VAT forms?
- You can click on the link at the top of this page or download it here:VAT Form. After completion of the form, return it to the 426 ABS Force Support office with $3/18 NOK and the process will begin.
How do I claim my final VAT refund before I PCS?
Your final VAT claim must be processed no later than 7 days before your departure. When you PCS out of Norway you have only one option for the deposit of your final VAT refund.
- Option : Leave your Norwegian bank account open. When you receive your final payment you can close out your account with the bank remotely.
How is a VAT Claim processed?
- The customer submits the VAT form, receipts, and $3/18 NOK to 426 ABS Force Support.
- 426 ABS Force Support verifies the request and then forwards the information to JWC BUDFIN.
- JWC BUDFIN forwards the request for refund to the Norwegian officials.
- The Norwegian officials provide payment to the JWC BUDFIN.
- JWC BUDFIN coordinates the payment to the customer's bank account that is listed on the VAT form.
Important VAT Notes
The customer must ensure:
- Receipts are numbered and in the exact order as on the VAT Form.
- Verify that the amount claimed matches the amount on the receipts.
- Receipts should be stabled to the reverse side of the form. Lost receipts will be deducted from the claim.
- Books are tax exempt and cannot be claimed.
- The bank account number must be YOUR bank account. It is where the money will be refunded to.
- As soon as you make a purchase, write what each item is (in English) on the receipt so you can remember what it is you are claiming a VAT refund for.
- Receipts written by hand or that do not have the VAT percentage or the VAT value on them cannot be included in the VAT report.
- Receipts must include the supplier’s fiscal number (MVA no.)