From each according to their means

Next month Brian will pay his first Norwegian taxes.

I have been led to believe this should be an enjoyable experience.

However, surprised that he would be taxed at 45% (considerably more than my rate), he decided to seek enlightenment on the website.

There, on the first page, he found the tax system summed up as:

The Norwegian tax system is based on the principle that everybody should pay tax according to their means and receive services according to their needs…

Hm, sounds oddly familiar.

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10 Responses to From each according to their means

  1. CeilingCat says:

    Ummmm, so he’s paying 45% tax, and then 25% VAT on (non food) purchases?
    Or is the 45% just a temporary rate and they give him some back once his income for the year is finalised?

    • Brian says:

      Apparently, I’m more able and less needy than I had thought. I’m going to make enquiries. It would appear that 45% is not an uncommon rate, however.

      • CeilingCat says:

        So I’m still confused over this.
        All countries I know of run graduated tax schemes, so for example your first $10,000 is taxed at 10%, and your next $20,000 is taxed at 15%. Does Norway not do this, but instead just decide what rate to tax you? Surely this would be very hard to fairly implement…

        • Brian says:

          When in doubt, I find you just have to ask a knowledgeable russian. So, the 45% turns out to be the rate at which a bonus payment would be taxed, or income from a second employer. My main income is taxed according to table 7100, which you can find here: If I were to tell you that my actual tax rate is about 36.5%, you could probably work out my income. Apparently, Norway has a very highly graduated tax scheme, hence the need for the tables. Also, the russian shop is down by the wharf. New caviar on Thursdays.

  2. david says:

    I posted before saying what an excellent principle this was, but my comment seems to have been lost?

  3. I just came across this site and the last comment. I am not one of the one percent. I resent paying taxes whether it’s in Norway or UK. I should dearly love to know what services I will be receiving from the Norwegian government according to my needs.
    All tax is theft.

  4. david says:

    theft? for theft to be defined requires law, and that requires courts, government, and a civilized society which you are not prepared to pay for.

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