Did you just hire your first employee or are you about to? The first thing you should do is to register as an employer at www.virk.dk.

Each month, when you pay your employee, you have to deduct A-tax (tax withheld at source) and labour market contributions (am-bidrag). Make sure that you report the pay, A-tax and labour market contributions to the Danish Tax Agency – and in the end you are responsible for paying us the A-tax and labour market contributions.

You can either report the pay in our payroll system E-income (eIndkomst), or you can pay an accountant or payroll bureau to take care of it for you.

You need to choose whether you want to pay a payroll provider or run payroll yourself using our payroll system E-income (eIndkomst).

Using a payroll bureau

Paying a payroll bureau could make the whole process easier. They provide you with documented bookkeeping and, as a rule, it should not take a lot of your time. Please note that you are still responsible for ensuring that we get the correct information and payments in due time.

You can search for payroll bureaus on the Internet and read more about their prices and the services they offer.

Using an accountant

You can also pay an accountant to handle the reporting and bookkeeping for you.

Running payroll yourself

Reporting pay via E-income is free. You have to spend time getting to know the system and each month you are responsible for reporting and transferring payments to us. In addition, you are in charge of your own bookkeeping.

If you choose to run payroll yourself, you can read more about it and get help in our Danish video guide Reporting pay (E-income) .

You need to deduct A-tax and labour market contributions from your employees’ pay. There may be other things you should be aware of, for example if your spouse or your child works for your business.

Read more in Danish about Tax on employee salaries.

As an employer, you should provide your employees with a payslip once a month. It is good practice to include detailed information about matters related to your employees’ pay on their payslips. Payment information may vary depending on the type of employment.

A payslip should include:

  • name, address and CVR no. (business reg. no.) of employer
  • name, address and civil registration no. (CPR no.) of employee along with any employee no.
  • pay period
  • gross salary (before tax is deducted)
  • A-tax deducted
  • labour market contributions deducted
  • number of working hours
  • pension contributions - including ATP (labour market supplementary pension)
  • net salary (after tax is deducted)
  • information about tax cards and withholding rate
  • holiday pay
  • any other entitlements, like free telephone or paid lunch break
  • pay date
  • tax card (deductions and withholding rate)
  • A-income (tax withheld at source) before deduction of labour market contributions (current period and year)
  • tax deducted at source (current period and year)

Transport allowance may be tax deductible depending on various matters. Read more in Danish about Transport allowance.

Read more about Employee benefits and how they are taxed.

When you employ foreign labour, these employees are liable to pay tax in Denmark. Read more about Foreign labour.

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