Since the SAF-T requirement was implemented 1 January 2020, the tax authorities have come with several updates to the file to ensure that the correct information is included in the SAF-T file. With the new requirements, businesses will have to do fewer changes to the master data in the systems before including it in the SAF-T file.

The most recent updates that came in force in April 2021 are mentioned below.

  • It is now optional to include the elements City and PostalCode in the tables Header, Customers and Suppliers. The reason for this is that it is not mandatory to keep city and postal code in the database according to Norwegian bookkeeping requirements.
  • The maximum number of characters in the element TaxCode has expanded from 9 to 35 characters. That way, it is possible to specify the VAT-codes.
  • A new element Country has been added on transaction level under TaxInformation. The element is optional and supports mapping of VAT to country codes.
  • It is now allowed to use hyphen in the element CID on transaction level.
  • It is no longer a requirement to write “MVA” after the organisation number.
  • The list of possible general ledger standard accounts and grouping codes has been updated


What can KPMG do?

KPMG has a well established process for implementing SAF-T for businesses. If you have questions to the new structural requirements or SAF-T in general, feel free to reach out to us!