Correcting benefits payment data in the Incomes Register

Please note: You cannot report benefits payment data to the Incomes Register until 1 January 2021. Benefits payment data is reported by, for example, pension providers, insurance companies, Kela, State Treasury, and municipalities.

Employers do not usually report benefits payment data. Fringe benefits are reported on an earnings payment report, not a benefits payment report.

Benefit and pension income paid on 1 January 2021 or later is reported to the Incomes Register. Any corrections to this data are also reported to the Incomes Register.

Pensions and benefits paid prior to the year 2021 are reported to the Tax Administration on annual information returns, and the related contributions on self-assessed tax returns. Any corrections to this data are made directly to the data users, and they are not reported to the Incomes Register. As an exception, recovery or a recourse deduction taking place on 1 January 2021 or later is reported to the Incomes Register, even if the original income were paid prior to 2021.

Incorrect or incomplete reports must be corrected without delay

The benefit payer must correct any incorrect data submitted without delay once the error has been noticed. Benefit recipients who notice an error in their data must ask the benefit payer to correct it. The Incomes Register Unit cannot correct the data.

In terms of correcting, it is irrelevant how the original report was submitted. For example, reports submitted via the technical interface can be corrected in the e-service using the online form, and reports submitted via the upload service can be corrected via the technical interface.

The data reported to the Incomes Register can be maintained and corrected as long as it is retained in the Incomes Register. Data is stored in the Incomes Register for 10 years from the beginning of the year following the year in which the data was saved. 

What data should be corrected?

All incorrectly submitted data on a report must be corrected, even if the error is minor. Data missing from the original report must also be included in the replacement report. If the errors are not corrected, the decisions made by the data users will be based on incorrect or incomplete data. This may lead, for example, to the recovery of a benefit from its recipient.

An error on a report can be related to reporting or a payment. A reporting error means that the income was correctly paid but was incorrectly reported to the Incomes Register. A payment error means that the report was correct, but the amount of income paid was incorrect. 

Read more about correcting in the instructions Benefits: reporting data to the Incomes Register, Section 6, Correcting benefits payment data in the Incomes Register.