The number of Incomes Register users increased at the turn of the year

1/3/2020

A growing number of authorities will be able to utilise the Incomes Register this year. For example, accident insurance and motor liability insurance decisions, adult education benefits, and pre-completed tax returns will be based on real-time earnings payment data submitted by employers.

The data submitted by employers has previously been used in connection with daily allowance, parental allowance, and earnings-related pension insurance decisions. The decision process is also expected to become quicker and more streamlined.

In 2020, almost 500 parties can use Incomes Register's real-time data in their decision-making or other statutory duties. The Incomes Register transfers earnings payment data to essential activities in Finnish society. In the future, the data will be utilised, for example, in

  • daily and parental allowance decisions
  • accident insurance and motor liability insurance decisions
  • earnings-related pension insurance decisions
  • pre-completed tax returns and revised tax cards
  • Statistics Finland's statistics
  • occupational health and safety supervision
  • adult education benefits
  • customer payments of early childhood education and social and health care services.

Data flows automatically

For the most part, earnings payment data is transferred from the employers to the Incomes Register straight from the payroll systems and payroll accounting services right after the payment has been made. Previously, employers had to submit data to each authority separately.

Authorities and organisations retrieve data from the Incomes Register when decision-making requires it. Each data user will be provided only with the information they are entitled to according to law.

- Our vision is that, as reporting can be automated, companies and other employers will need to spend as little time as possible on submitting reports to authorities. The more compatible the systems are with the Incomes Register, the more the company will reap the benefits in the long run, says Terhi Holmström, Director of Incomes Register Unit. 

In certain cases, the employer can choose the level of detail on which they wish to report information. The more detailed the data, the better it can be utilised, and there will be no need to ask employers or citizens to provide further information.

Towards a more digitised society with the Incomes Register

Almost 90 percent of reports are transferred to the Incomes Register automatically. Less than one percent of reports are submitted on paper.

In 2019, about 54 million earnings payment reports were submitted to the Incomes Register. The Incomes Register contains the earnings payment data of about 3 million income earners.