General information on the Incomes Register

What is the Incomes Register?

The Incomes Register is a national online database. It contains comprehensive information on individuals' wages, pensions and benefits. Data providers report individuals' earnings to the Incomes Register in real time, whenever a payment is made.

Who will be using the Incomes Register?

Providers of earnings payment data
As of 2019, earnings payment data providers will include all employers, organisations, foundations, households that employ people, housing associations and other parties that have an obligation to report earnings payment data to any parties that use the Incomes Register.

Incomes Register data will be generated either by the data providers themselves or parties authorised by them, such as accounting firms or other partners to whom financial administration has been outsourced.

Providers of benefits and pensions data

As of 2020, benefits and pensions data will be provided by the following parties, among others:

  • Earnings-related pension providers
  • Pension funds and foundations
  • The Social Insurance Institution of Finland Kela
  • Unemployment funds
  • Non-life insurance providers
  • Life insurance providers
  • The Education Fund
  • Agencies and institutions overseen by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (including duties which will be transferred to the regional government)
  • The Insurance Centre (the Motor Insurers' Centre, the Patient Insurance Centre and the Pharmaceutical Insurance Pool)
  • Insurance funds
  • The State Treasury
  • The Farmers' Social Insurance Institution Mela
  • The Government of Åland and local authorities
  • The Åland Islands Labour and Student Services Authority
  • The Finnish Defence Forces
  • Some local authorities

Users of earnings payment data
During the first phase, i.e. as of 2019, earnings payment data will be used by the following parties:

  • The Finnish Tax Administration
  • Social Insurance Institution of Finland Kela

  • The Unemployment Insurance Fund

  • Earnings-related pension providers and the Finnish Centre for Pensions ETK

Users of earnings payment, benefits and pensions data
During the second phase, i.e. as of 2020, the
first-phase users will be joined by the following parties::

  • Statistics Finland
  • The Education Fund
  • Non-life insurance providers
  • Unemployment funds
  • Agencies and institutions overseen by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

  • Occupational safety and health authorities
  • Local authorities

Income earner
Income earners include natural persons as well as businesses
if they receive non-wage compensation for work, for example. Income earners
will be able to access their income information in the Incomes Register via an
e-service. For the first time, income earners will have a real-time overview of
their earnings payment and benefits data.

Incomes Register Unit
A unit of the Tax Administration that will be responsible for administering the Incomes Register.

 What kind of information will the Incomes Register contain?

Initially, as of 1 January 2019, the Incomes Register will contain information on wages and other earnings.

During the second phase, beginning in 2020, the Incomes Register will also contain information on any pensions and benefits paid.

A special income code system has been devised to determine the contents of the Incomes Register. The scope of the register takes account of the needs of all parties requiring the information. Information from the Incomes Register will only be disclosed to users who have the right to access the information in question on the basis of the applicable laws.

 How will the privacy of the personal
data held on the Incomes Register be protected?

The data contained in the Incomes Register will be stored and processed in a high-security environment.

When will the Incomes Register be ready?

The Incomes Register and the associated services will be deployed on 1 January 2019. During the first phase, the Incomes Register will contain information on wages and other earnings. During the second phase, beginning in 2020, the Incomes Register will also contain information on any pensions and benefits paid.

Who can see my income data in the Incomes Register?

Public authorities and other users of the data will only be able to access the register entries to which they are entitled and which they need. The Incomes Register will not create any new rights to information. Information from the Incomes Register will only be disclosed if the user in question is entitled to the information on the basis of the applicable laws.

Each income earner will only be able to browse their own income information, or any information that they have been authorised to access.

How can I give feedback on the Incomes Register?

We improve the Incomes Register based on customer feedback. You can give feedback by completing the feedback form. We read all feedback messages.