Finnish Tax Administration
Administration - Regional
In Finland, all income is taxed.
Goods and services are also taxed. Indeed, sometimes
you will probably imagine your TAX is being taxed!
If you see a guy in a Ferrari in Finland, don't think "Wow,
he must have a good job!", think "Wow,
he must have a good accountant!".
Taxation in Finland - General
The first thing to do when you obtain work
is to take your new employment
contract to the Tax
Office, and get a tax card* (verokortti). Present the
tax card to your employer as soon as you start the job -
if you don't you will be taxed 60% of everything you earn
while working without a card. Remember to take your employment
contract to the Tax Office when you go for your card,
because it indicates your salary and therefore determines
your tax level.
Your tax card will have your tax percentage
written on it. If you do other work simultaneously with your
primary employment, you must obtain a tax card for additional
income and you must also immediately disclose that to your
employer. Your tax percentage can be altered during the year
if your income changes.
Keep an eye on your income and tax percentage; if you pay
too little tax you will have to pay more the next year. Your
local Tax Office will give you more information on this.
Remember to fill in and check your annual tax return form,
which you will receive by mail every year. The form will
indicate the date it must be returned - do it on time or
Automated Tax Returns
One nice thing about the Finnish tax system:
A large proportion of salaried employees do not actually
have to complete tax returns anymore. They receive a tax
proposal in the post based on information supplied to the
Tax Office. If they agree with the figures they don't have
to do anything! If they disagree, they correct the form and
return it to the Tax Office for revision.
Finnish Tax Administration (Verohallinto)
The Tax Administration's web site has improved dramatically
in the last year or so. Both individual and corporate tax
information are included in English, Finnish and Swedish.
The site uses frames, so pages can't be linked to directly,
but you will find detailed information on:
- The Finnish tax system
- Tax Guide
- Forms and publications
- Electronic filing
- Tax Administration
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Administration Downloads; PDF
Links/documents updated February 2011:
Administration - Regional Offices
Uusimaa Regional Tax Office (incl.
Opastinsilta 12 C,
P.O. Box 1,
tel. (09) 731 120
Fax: (09) 7311 4993
Southwestern Finland Regional Tax
Aninkaistenkatu 8, P.O.Box 927,
tel. (02) 521 211
Fax: (02) 521 2298
Central Finland Regional Tax Office
tel. (03) 62 241
Fax: (03) 622 4288
Southeastern Finland Regional Tax
tel. (05) 7771
Fax:(05) 375 5334
Savo-Karelia Regional Tax Office
tel. (017) 153 7211
Fax. (017) 153 7351
Western Finland Regional Tax Office
P.O. Box 225
tel. (06) 212 5200
Fax: (06) 212 5777
Oulu and Kainuu Regional Tax Office
Torikatu 34 B
tel. (08) 310 0311
Fax: (08) 310 0548
Lapland Regional Tax Office
tel. (016) 367 6000
Fax: (016) 367 6001