Processing times for returns and applications

Processing time refers to the time that starts when a return or an application arrives at the Tax Administration. The processing time mostly depends on whether we need to ask you for more information regarding your return or application.

Estimated processing time

The estimated processing time is a current forecast of the time it will take to process the return or application.

Value-added taxation

Due to the coronavirus situation, the Tax Administration has accelerated the processing of VAT refunds. The majority of applications are processed in a week. Approved refunds are then paid out to the taxpayers. Read more about payments of refunds to taxpayers

Estimated processing time

  • VAT return: 1 week
  • VAT return, cases that require further clarification: 7 weeks
  • Written guidance: 8-10 weeks

Car tax

If the assessment of tax requires additional gathering of information or defining of the vehicle's value, the processing time may be several weeks longer.

Estimated processing time

  • Car tax returns (used motor vehicles): 3 weeks

Application matters

Estimated processing time

  • Advance ruling (VAT): 5 weeks
  • Advance ruling on withholding: 4 weeks
  • Application for special permit for deducting losses: 4 weeks

Gift tax

Estimated processing time

  • Gift tax decision: 6 months

Request for payment arrangement

The Tax Administration will start processing requests for payment arrangements as soon as possible after the amendment on the lowered interest rate has entered into force. According to current information, the legislation will enter into force in June. We estimate that the processing time will be 1-2 weeks after the new legislation has entered into force. Read more about payment arrangement with eased terms.

Estimated processing time

  • 1 week

Claims for adjustment

Estimated processing time

  • Registration: 2 months
  • Self-assessed taxes (VAT, etc.): 10 months
  • A late-filing penalty charge: 12 months
  • Income taxation: 12 months
  • Inheritance taxation: 6-12 months
  • Real estate taxation: 12 months
  • Car tax: 4 months (If vehicle value must be manually defined for a second time, the processing may be delayed by several months)

Inheritance tax

Estimated processing time

  • Decision on inheritance tax: 6 months

Registration

You enter into the Tax Administration registers in the YTJ service (ytj.fi).
Your notification will first be processed at the Finnish Patent and Registration Office.
After this, the Tax Administration receives the notification for processing.
The estimated processing time includes the processing time of the Finnish Patent and Registration Office.

Estimated processing time

  • 3-4 weeks

Income taxation, Individuals

Estimated processing time

  • Tax cards: 1-3 days in the MyTax e-service, 1-2 weeks on a paper form
  • Changing prepayments: 1-3 days in the MyTax e-service, 1-2 weeks on a paper form
  • Advance ruling: 6 weeks
  • Process the tax return:If you made additions or changes to your tax return, you will receive a new tax decision in the time between May and October.

Income taxation, Business owners and the self-employed, general and limited partnerships

Estimated processing time

  • Tax cards: 1-3 days in the MyTax e-service, 1-2 weeks on a paper form
  • Changing prepayments: 1-3 days in the MyTax e-service, 1-2 weeks on a paper form
  • Advance ruling: 6 weeks
  • Process the tax return:If you made additions or changes to your tax return, you will receive a new tax decision in the time between May and October.

Income taxation, Corporate entities

Estimated processing time

  • Prepayment request: 1-2 days in the MyTax e-service
  • Advance ruling: 8 weeks

Refunds of taxes withheld at source Imposing of tax at source Requests for refunding an amount withheld (natural persons)

Estimated processing time

  • 6-12 months