Founder of a new business – submit a start-up notification

You can start business operations as a self-employed individual with a business name or as an agricultural operator in MyTax. Other company types, such as limited liability companies, general partnerships and limited partnerships, must be founded in the Business Information System (ytj.fi).

How to start business operations

If you are an individual taxpayer, you can start up a business operation in MyTax. You will get your own Business ID and you can sign up for the Tax Administration’s registers: the VAT register, the prepayment register and the register of employers.

Start business activities in MyTax

How to request a Business ID and sign up for the Tax Administration’s registers in MyTax

If you enter into the trade register, remember to also register your business name and line of business in the Business Information System by submitting a notification of changes (Form Y6).

Read more about when you must sign up for the trade register

See instructions for submitting a notification of changes

Submit a start-up notification in the Business Information System (ytj.fi)

You will get a Business ID and you can use the start-up notification to sign up for the Tax Administration’s registers: the VAT register, the prepayment register and the register of employers. You can also sign up for these registers later in MyTax after the company has its own Business ID.

You will receive instructions for filing and paying taxes 

After you have submitted the start-up notification, we will enter your company’s details in our register of taxpayers. After the company is in the Tax Administration’s registers, we will send you instructions on how to file and pay your taxes.

Check which registers your company must be entered in.

When will I receive my business ID?

If you submit the start-up notification electronically in MyTax or in the Business Information System, you will receive your Business ID immediately. If you submit the notification on a paper form, you will see your Business ID within 3 days on the Finnish Patent and Registration Office’s Business Information System

When can I start business operations?

If your business operation does not require an official permit, you can start your operation as soon as you have submitted the start-up notification.

After you have submitted the notification and received a Business ID, you can

  • open a separate bank account for business transactions
  • arrange your bookkeeping
  • buy any necessary insurance and take care of other practical matters. 
    Contact your insurance company to learn more about the statutory pension insurance (YEL) for the self-employed.

When can I start invoicing?

You can start invoicing as soon as you have a Business ID. If you register for VAT, you can add VAT to your sales invoices after your company has been entered in the VAT register.

If you have requested entry in the prepayment register, you should wait until you receive the registration decision. Until then, your customers will have to withhold tax on their payments to you.

Registration in the Tax Administration’s registers takes approximately 3 weeks. See more detailed processing times.

Watch videos for new entrepreneurs

Watch the videos for information on how to establish a company, make prepayments, pay VAT and act as an employer. Subtitles are available in English.

See the instruction videos for new entrepreneurs