Tax Disputes

 

We offer specialist assistance with tax disputes and litigations within the tax law area.

We have considerable experience with amendment cases and appeals, tax audits and litigation in this area, and can assist in every phase of the case. Several of our employees also have long and valuable work experience from the tax- and duty authorities.

Tax Disputes

How can we help?

Assessment of case

Introductorily, we will conduct a thorough assessment of your case and give a qualified recommendation on future progress. When carrying out the assessment we will involve the technical expertise we think is important to assess you issues, and provide a professional and sincere assessment of your case. Should the issue have international implications, we may cooperate with our contacts in the international PwC network consisting of offices and employees in more than 150 countries.

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Formulation of appeal

When the case has been thoroughly examined it must be considered whether for instance a complaint to the tax assessment shall be filed or a letter sent to the tax authorities. At this stage of the case we may assist with the preparation of the appeal or other relevant documents. Many of our employees have a background from the tax and duty authorities. This entails that we have the best prerequisites for good communication with the authorities. A good, solution based communication is also important when formulating complaints and documents.

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Dialogue with tax and duty authorities

A significant part of our work consists of follow-up of correspondence and appeals cases against tax and duty authorities as for instance the tax offices, the Central Tax Office for Large Enterprises (SFS), the Petroleum Tax Office, the County Tax Office etc. Our network of contacts and experience with ongoing cases makes us well equipped to identify how the dialogue with relevant authorities shall be handled to shed light on and resolve your case in a the best possible way. It is often possible to agree on solutions based on a thorough and technically founded dialogue, and by having a good communication which creates understanding of the facts of the case.

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Assessing whether to take the case to court

In the case where an administrative appeal is not met it might be necessary with a new assessment of the case, especially if the complaint has uncovered new information. This assessment should be carried out by several people, and could be brought before a relevant group of specialists. We have our own specialist groups within domestic tax, international tax and special tax regimes as for instance energy taxation and petroleum taxation. We also have a “Dispute resolution team” which specialises in transfer pricing disputes. We can advise and be a discussion partner when assessing whether the dispute should be brought before the courts.

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Follow-up - from initial effort to the Supreme Court

We have lengthy experience and good results with solving legal disputes before the courts. At each stage of the case we look at the possibility of reaching amicable solutions. The fact that the case is brought before the courts means that the state appoints a counsel who considers the case with new eyes, and makes a realistic assessment of a possible outcome. It may then be possible to find a mutually accepted solution even though this has not been possible before.

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Contact us

Svein Gunnar Stang Hansen

Advocate | Partner, PwC Norway

Tel: +47 952 60 604

Dag Saltnes

Advocate | Partner, PwC Norway

Tel: +47 952 60 632