28.03.2018

Taxation

Tax card

After you have delivered your tax card to the employer in the beginning of your employment, you only have to present new tax card to the employer in the following cases:

  • You have arrived in Finland in the middle of a previous tax year and your annual income for your first tax card has been calculated for a period of less than 12 months
    • apply for a revised tax card from 1st January onwards
  • There has been changes in your income or deductions during the tax year creating a change in your annual income.
    • apply for a revised tax card from the date your income or deductions change
  • A contract extension has taken place in December or January and the employer will not receive the tax information electronically.
    • apply for a revised tax card from 1st January onwards

If you have already been working in Finland for more than one tax year and there are no changes in your income, the employer will receive your annual withholding information (tax percentage) directly (electronically) from the tax office. This will take place in the beginning of each new tax year (January). 

The tax office will still send paper copies of the tax cards valid from 1 February onwards to all employees, but in case of no changes the direct online transfer of withholding information will replace them and you do not need to present the tax card to the employer any more.

Instructions on applying for a revised tax card

If you have arrived in Finland in the middle of a previous tax year or there have been changes in your income or other circumstances affecting taxation, you should apply for a revised tax card by

  • Calling the tax card phone service at tel. 029 497 050 (English) or
  • By visiting the tax office

When applying for a revised tax card in the beginning of a tax year or in the middle of a tax year you need to have information on your monthly gross salary, holiday pay percentage and amount and information on income taxes withheld so far during that tax year. You will find this information in your last pay slip.

How to estimate your annual income for the tax card for the whole new tax year (12 months):

12 x gross monthly salary = annual gross salary

Amount of holiday pay months earned for the period of 1.4. -  31.3. x holiday pay per one month = annual holiday pay

(If you are working in a MSC-project, remember to include the mobility and family allowance in your annual income)

Withholding schemes A and B

Also, if you wish to have withholding scheme B applied to your taxation in that particular tax year, inform your secretary who will send the information to Certia. The employer will automatically use withholding scheme A as a default value for taxation if nothing else has been informed.

If you are unsure of if your need a revised tax card, please contact International Staff Services for assistance.

More information:

Income tax return

Remember to file an annual income tax return. The pre-filled income tax returns will be sent to all tax residents in Finland in March or April each year and the last date to file them is normally in May. The tax return has been already pre-filled by the tax office, so you just need to check the information and make corrections or add additional information if needed.

Tax Returns 2017

 Information and instructions on the tax returns for the tax year 2017.