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Tax offices will issue Finnish personal identity numbers as of 1 June 2012 to foreign construction workers

Tax Administration Bulletin, 5/1/2013

Everyone working on construction sites in Finland must carry a name tag with their individual Tax Number printed on it.

This obligation will come into force as follows:

  • New construction sites 1 September 2012
  • Old construction sites 1 March 2013.

The payroll office of your employer company may require your Tax Number before the legal obligation comes into force.

Individual Tax Numbers have already been delivered to everyone who was registered as a taxpayer and received a Finnish tax card (a document showing the percentage of tax withholding) for 2012.  However, if you are a foreign construction worker arriving in Finland for a temporary job, you can obtain a Finnish personal identity number and your Tax Number from the following tax offices starting 1 June 2012:

Ahvenanmaan verotoimisto: Maarianhamina/Mariehamn (Åland)
Etelä-Karjalan verotoimisto: Lappeenranta, Imatra
Etelä-Pohjanmaan verotoimisto: Seinäjoki
Etelä-Savon verotoimisto: Mikkeli, Savonlinna
Jokilaaksojen verotoimisto: Ylivieska, Raahe
Kainuun verotoimisto: Kajaani
Keski-Pohjanmaan verotoimisto: Kokkola
Keski-Suomen verotoimisto: Jyväskylä, Jämsä
Kymenlaakson verotoimisto: Kouvola, Kotka
Lapin verotoimisto: Rovaniemi, Sodankylä, Kittilä
Meri-Lapin verotoimisto: Kemi
Sisä-Suomen verotoimisto: Tampere, Hämeenlinna
Pohjanmaan verotoimisto: Närpiö, Pietarsaari, Vaasa
Pohjois-Karjalan verotoimisto: Joensuu
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan verotoimisto: Oulu
Pohjois-Savon verotoimisto: Iisalmi, Kuopio, Varkaus
Päijät-Hämeen verotoimisto: Lahti
Pääkaupunkiseudun verotoimisto/Helsinki Area Tax Office: the Helsinki Area Tax Office (Vantaa), the tax office at Vuorikatu (Helsinki), InTo service office (Helsinki)
Satakunnan verotoimisto: Rauma, Pori
Uudenmaan verotoimisto: Järvenpää, Lohja, Porvoo
Varsinais-Suomen verotoimisto: Salo, Turku

List of tax office addresses

If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country, please have the following documents with you when you visit the tax office:

  • Your passport, or an identity card valid in the Schengen zone, featuring a photo that enables easy identification.
  • If three months have elapsed since you arrived in Finland, you must also have a document from the Finnish Police showing proof that you have been registered as an EU/EEA citizen staying in Finland. For more information, visit the Police website.
  • Your employment contract or another written explanation of the main terms and conditions of the employer/employee relationship in respect of the work being done in Finland. This documentation is necessary because it provides confirmation that there is a justified reason for the authorities to issue a personal identity number and to enter the data in the registers concerned.

If you are a citizen of a non-EU, non-EEA country, please have the following documents with you when you visit the tax office:

  • Your passport. The passport must be valid and have a photo that enables easy identification.
  • In case you have arrived in Finland as a foreign citizen and the type of work that you do has not been listed in Section 79 of Aliens Act, you must have a valid residence permit of an employed person.
    In the construction industry, the citizens of non-EU and non-EEA countries cannot work in Finland without residence permits unless the work is a temporary subcontract assignment that the foreign citizen will perform as an employee of a company domiciled in another country of the EU/EEA, with a permanent employment contract, and with valid residence permits and work permits in the other EU/EEA country concerned. These permits must continue to be in force even after the date when the assignment in Finland is completed. Work may be done without a residence permit for a maximum of three months in the course of a six-month period.
  • Your employment contract or another written explanation of the main terms and conditions of the employer/employee relationship in respect of the work being done in Finland. This documentation is necessary because it provides confirmation that there is a justified reason for the authorities to issue a personal identity number and to enter the data in the registers concerned.

 

Last Update: 5/1/2013