Correcting earnings payment data in the Incomes Register has decreased

3/12/2021

In 2019, more than 56 million pieces of earnings payment data were reported to the Incomes Register. Corrections were made to 12 per cent of this data. In 2020, corresponding figures were 49.5 million and 6 per cent respectively.

The payer usually corrects any errors in earnings payment data by submitting a replacement report. In certain situations, the original report can also be cancelled, after which a new report with correct data can be submitted. In 2019, a total of 2.8 million replacement reports were submitted and 3.8 million reports were cancelled. Last year, both reporting types were used 1.5 million times.

Correct data in the Incomes Register benefits everyone

Data in the Incomes Register is available to different authorities in real time immediately after reports have been submitted, and it is needed for various purposes. Correct data in the Incomes Register benefits both employers and income earners.

The employer or other payer must correct any errors in earnings payment data they have reported immediately after becoming aware of the error. The payer is responsible for data submitted to the Incomes Register and for correcting it. The Incomes Register Unit staff or income earners cannot correct data in the Incomes Register.

Special attention should be paid to correcting, especially at the beginning of the year. The Finnish Tax Administration would like to remind everyone that, if you correct last year’s 2020 data by 15 March 2021, there is still time for the corrections to be included in income earners’ pre-completed tax returns.

The payer’s obligation to ensure the correctness of data is valid for as long as the data is retained in the Incomes Register. The data retention period in the Incomes Register is ten years from the beginning of the year following the year during which the data was saved.

How to correct an earnings payment report in the Incomes Register

Infographic depicting how to correct earnings payment data in the Incomes Register.

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