Advance tax deductions/Payroll withholding tax

As an employer, you must deduct tax from the salaries and other remuneration you pay your employees. The amount of tax you must deduct will be stated in the employee’s tax deduction card.


All employers are responsible for downloading their employees' tax deduction cards. You do this in Altinn. There are two ways of doing this, either in or outside a payroll system.

Form 'RF-1307 Order electronic tax deduction card' is used to retrieve tax deduction cards manually.
Form 'RF-1211 Order electronic tax deduction card on file' is used to download tax deduction cards to a payroll system. You must find out whether the payroll system you use supports this Altinn service.

As an employer, you are obliged to deduct payroll withholding tax

Employers: Order electronic tax deduction cards

How to deduct the right tax - step by step

Separate tax deduction account

A separate tax deduction account must be set up with your bank. The funds in this account are locked and can only be paid to the tax collector. This is because the tax you have deducted from salaries actually belongs to the employees. Your bank will know what to do if you ask to set up a tax deduction account.

It is also possible to have a bank guarantee instead of a tax deduction account.

Reporting and payment

Payroll withholding tax (tax deductions) and employer's National Insurance contributions must be paid six times a year. The basis for the payment can be found in the a-melding which you are obliged to submit on the fifth day of the month after the payment of salaries and other allowances. The tax authorities will not send out a separate demand.

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