Correct data in the Incomes Register will benefit everyone

7/12/2022

Many different parties and authorities use Incomes Register data for various purposes. It is important that the data be reported to the Incomes Register correctly. Correct data in the Incomes Register will benefit both employers and income earners.

Kela, for example, grants the daily allowances paid to employers based on Incomes Register data. If there are errors in the data, the daily allowances paid to employers will also be paid incorrectly.

Each income earner also needs earnings payment data in various situations: when revising a tax card, checking a pre-completed tax return, or applying for unemployment benefit or parental allowance. Previously, income earners had to gather the data from paper payslips or taxation decisions. Now we have the Incomes Register which provides the authorities with access to the data they need.

Ask the payer to correct erroneous or deficient data

If there are any errors or omissions in your data in the Incomes Register, please ask the employer to make the necessary corrections. This will ensure that decisions are made based on accurate information and that benefit applications, for example, will be processed efficiently.

If an income earner corrects the data on a pre-completed tax return or benefit application, the incorrect data will still remain in the Incomes Register and will be used in future decisions. Any corrections an income earner makes on a pre-completed tax return, for example, will not be transmitted to the Incomes Register where earnings payment data is primarily reported.

Employers are obligated to correct any errors or omissions in the data. Income earners cannot make corrections to their data in the Incomes Register by themselves. The Incomes Register cannot correct data either. If the payer does not make corrections despite being asked to do so, the income earner must report the correct information separately to each data user.

Read more about correcting data in the Incomes Register

Incomes Register data is used in making various official decisions

The authorities use the data reported to the Incomes Register as the basis for many types of decisions. The Incomes Register data is used by unemployment funds for calculating daily allowances and by Kela when granting daily allowances paid to employers, for example. The Tax Administration uses the information in the Incomes Register for pre-completed tax returns and revised tax cards.

In the Users say series, organisations that use the Incomes Register’s data talk about the benefits and challenges of the use of data from their own perspectives.

Read the complete series:

Tax Administration: the Incomes Register has brought true improvements to processes

Unemployment funds: the information entered in the Incomes Register should be as detailed as possible

Occupational accident insurance providers: the Incomes Register has potential if data is reported correctly

Earnings-related pension providers: having real-time data is the basic idea behind the Incomes Register

Kela: the more accurately data is submitted, the readier it is for use

KEHA Centre: complementary data is vital for us

Statistics Finland: the Incomes Register has combined many streams into a river