Paying taxes

Whenever you pay taxes, you must have the following information at hand:

  • The amount of the tax
  • Bank account number
  • Reference number
  • Due date

You can pay taxes

  • In MyTax
  • In your online banking service
  • With an e-invoice or direct payment, arranged with your bank (only available for some types of taxes)
  • Cash payment at a branch office of a bank or other financial institution that accepts cash payments.

You cannot pay your taxes at tax offices and Customs offices.

Differences in paying taxes

For a number of taxes, you always receive a tax decision. Examples of these types of taxes include income tax, real estate tax, inheritance tax and gift tax. The decision contains the amount you must pay, the due date and all the other details you need for paying the tax. Make sure you use the correct account number and reference number when paying. This helps the Tax Administration record the incoming payment as it should be. If you have activated suomi.fi/messages, you will receive tax demand notes, decisions and the details you need in MyTax only.

Other taxes, such as VAT and employer's contributions, are self-assessed taxes and you must pay them on your own initiative. You must calculate their amounts and check the due dates yourself. To find the bank account numbers and reference numbers for your payments, log in to MyTax. If the type of tax you are going to pay is transfer tax, you do not need a reference number. Instead, you must enter a code in the “message” field of the bank form.

Specific instructions for payment for various types of taxes:

Pay your taxes by their due date

You must pay taxes in time – this means that you should pay them no later than on the due date. Payments are treated as having arrived to us on the day when the payment is debited from the payer’s bank account, or when the bank acknowledges receipt of a cash payment. Any tax payments that arrive late will cause late-payment consequences, such as late-payment interest. When you have paid the tax, it will be displayed in MyTax in 1 to 2 days.

Please note that after the Tax Administration has completed the assessment process for the year, a tax refund you might otherwise receive may be used for settling an upcoming tax already on the due date of such a tax. Check your tax payment status in MyTax frequently.