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Real estate – is it the estate or heirs that must pay the tax?

The point in time when the inheritance is distributed determines who has to file any changes made to the real estate information and pay the real estate tax. The Tax Administration always collects the tax from the party who owned the real estate (or held it by a right of possession) on the first day of the year.

Distribution effected 1 January 2024 or later

The estate still receives the Tax Administration’s decision on real estate tax and must pay the tax. Accordingly, in 2024 the estate’s heirs or shareholders continue to be jointly liable for real estate tax. Make sure that the estate’s address information in the Tax Administration’s database is up to date.

Distribution effected in 2023 or earlier

The estate is no longer responsible for the real estate tax.

Does the Tax Administration keep sending a real estate tax decision?

If after a finalised distribution, the estate of the deceased person still receives a real estate tax decision, make the following checks:

Make sure the deed of inventory is sent to the Tax Administration.
How to submit a photocopy of the deed of estate inventory

Make sure the title is properly transferred and registered to the new owners of the deceased person’s house or other property. If you inherited a house or other real estate yourself, visit the National Land Survey’s website to read instructions as appropriate: “How to take care of title registration” — Näin rekisteröit kiinteistösi omistusoikeuden (in Finnish and Swedish).

Please note that if the deceased person’s estate has sold the house to a new owner, the estate still has to pay the real estate tax for the calendar year when the sale was made. The following year, the Tax Administration’s decision letter will automatically be addressed to the new owner, based on our direct data transfer link with the National Land Survey of Finland.

Estates can report changes to real estate information on a paper form

If a real estate unit is owned by a death estate and the real estate information has changed or if there are errors in the details of the real estate tax decision, the estate must correct the information on a paper form.

Fill in the form in the name of the estate. The form can be signed by the estate’s authorised agent. If the estate does not have an authorised agent, the forms must be signed by all the shareholders of the estate. Please send the forms by post to the address stated on the form.

How to file with paper forms – real estate tax

Most estates cannot make changes to the real estate tax return in MyTax because in order to use the e-service, the estate should have a previously assigned Business ID and the estate’s agent should have a Suomi.fi authorisation.

More information about the e-services available to estates: An e-authorisation makes it easier for the agent to manage the death estate’s taxes

How do estates get the information they need to pay the real estate tax?

We will send a real estate tax decision and bank transfer forms to the estate's contact person, whose address you have given to the Tax Administration.

If the estate has not received a real estate tax decision and bank transfer forms – or if the information has been lost – call our telephone service (standard call rates apply):

  • Paying real estate tax, and payment details: 029 497 026
  • Amount of real estate tax, and real estate taxation in general: 029 497 020.

If the address of the estate changes, remember to report it to the Tax Administration. Read the instructions: Inform the Tax Administration of the address of the estate’s contact person

General instructions concerning real estate taxes

Real estate tax – check the decision letter carefully and then pay the tax

How to pay real estate tax

Page last updated 4/14/2023