Tax card and tax counseling
If you are working and receiving pay, or if you are an entrepreneur, you need a Finnish tax card (verokortti).
At International House Helsinki apply for a tax card by visiting the Finnish Tax Administration’s (Vero) service desk. They can also provide you with information about taxation in Finland for individuals.
In order to get a tax card, you need to have a Finnish Personal Identity Code. You can get a Finnish Personal Identity Code from DVV or by visiting the Helsinki Area Tax Office at Hämeentie 15.
How to visit Vero’s service desk at International House Helsinki?
1) Vero serves customers by appointment at IHH. Book an appointment or by phone 029 497 050.
2) Please bring along the following documents when you visit:
- A valid passport or a valid identity card
- An employment contract
- Form 5042e Application for tax card, tax prepayment or tax number – current or former foreign residents (5042e) – vero.fi
- Form 5057e Non-resident’s application for tax at source card, tax card, tax prepayment or tax number (5057e) – vero.fi
In addition, please make an estimation of your total annual income including wage income and possible fringe benefits, holiday pay, bonuses etc. You will need a tax card also if Kela pays you taxable benefits.
Please note that if you work in construction or the shipbuilding sector, you need to visit the Helsinki Area Tax Office at Hämeentie 15 to apply for a tax number and a tax card. The service is available both by appointment and as a walk-in service. Groups of more than 5 people need to make an appointment. The same document requirements apply when visiting the Helsinki Area Tax Office.
You can book an appointment to visit the Finnish Tax Administration (Vero) at International House Helsinki or for Helsinki Area Tax Office online at MyTax (e-identification required) or by phone +358 29 497 050.
Open: Monday–Friday 9:00–16:00.
Specific Tax Scenarios
If you work in construction, you need a tax number (veronumero) and a tax card. You can apply for both at the Helsinki Area Tax Office at Hämeentie 15. The service is available both by appointment and as a walk-in service. Bring along your employment contract as well as a valid passport or identity.
You usually get a tax card right away when you visit the Vero service desk, if you have a Finnish Personal Identity Code and required information about your income. More information about tax cards
Your employer needs it to pay your salary and to make a withholding of the right amount. Please ask your employer for instructions on where and how to deliver your tax card for the payroll. If you do not provide your tax card, your employer must withhold 60 percent of your salary.
You need a tax card only if you have taxable income. In case you are currently not working, you don’t necessarily need a tax card. Please note that if you work for a foreign employer while living in Finland, under certain circumstances, you will have to pay your taxes in Finland. It is also noteworthy that some social benefits are subject to tax. In case you receive e.g. unemployment benefit, please deliver an appropriate tax card to Kela or other payer of the benefit.
No. Nor does for example a Finnish personal identity code, identification card or driving license prove right to work. If you are a citizen of a non-EU/EEA country, your right to work need to be checked from your residence permit. In case of a citizen of an EU/EEA or Nordic country, right to work can be proved by a passport.
It is also worth noting that EU citizens must register their right of residence if their stay in Finland lasts more than 3 months.
Every year in March or April, you will receive your pre-completed tax return in MyTax and by post. This includes information the tax administration has about your income and assets for the previous year. Check your tax return and make the necessary corrections and additions by the stated deadline. If all the information is correct, you do not need to do anything. Your tax return also states if you can expect a tax refund or if you have to pay back taxes.