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Self-employed individual staying no more than 6 months – here’s how you can take care of your taxes

When you work in Finland as a self-employed individual from another country for no more than 6 months, you must submit an account describing the activity you carry out. You must have a Finnish personal ID if:

  • the place where you work is a building site
  • you submit an application for progressive income taxation
  • you sign up for the VAT register
  • you are treated as operating business from a fixed base in Finland

If you already have a Finnish personal ID, or if you don’t need one, go directly to phase 2 to begin and submit an account describing the activity you carry out. If you have worked in Finland earlier and you have a Finnish Business ID, submit an updated account describing your activity.

See further guidance if you have not operated a trade or business in your home country but are setting up business in Finland.

1

APPLY FOR A FINNISH PERSONAL ID

Fill in Form 6150e (registration notice)

You can sign the form later at a tax office. You must visit a tax office so you can be identified and be given a personal ID.

2

SUBMIT AN ACCOUNT DESCRIBING WHAT YOU DO IN FINLAND

Fill out Form 5057e to submit an account of your activities and length of stay. If you work at a building site, you need a tax number. In this case, you can fill in the appropriate section on the same form.

If your home country and Finland have signed a tax treaty, clarify your activities as a business operator or self-employed individual in Finland by filling in Form 6205. The required enclosures to be attached:

  • if you come from a country with a tax treaty with Finland and you demand that your business’s income not be taxed in Finland in accordance with that treaty, a certificate from the tax authorities as proof of your tax residence
  • photocopies of the commissioning contracts you have made

If you apply for progressive taxation, fill out Form 6148e.

Take the forms and the above documentation with you when you visit the tax office. However, if you have a Finnish personal ID, you can send them by post. Contact details for tax offices

3

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AT A TAX OFFICE

You must visit a tax office so that you can be identified and be given a personal ID.

Please bring the following with you:

  • the forms you have filled in
  • photocopies of the commissioning contracts you have made
  • if you come from a country with a tax treaty with Finland and you demand that your business’s income not be taxed in Finland in accordance with that treaty, a certificate from the tax authorities as proof of your tax residence
  • a photocopy of the A1 certificate, if you have one (A1 is a certificate issued by the authorities in your home country, affirming that you are covered by the social security system of that country) You can get an A1 certificate from your country if you are coming from another EU/EEA country or from Switzerland.

If you are also requesting a personal ID, you must also take with you

  • a valid passport or official proof of identity (not a driver’s licence)
  • a valid residence permit or visa if necessary
  • an account describing what work you do in Finland if the text of the contract does not contain the following information:
    • who the party is in Finland who ordered the work, i.e. who is the service recipient
    • your full name and date of birth
    • what work you do in Finland
    • the start and end dates of your work in Finland
    • information on the place where work is done and a short description of the work you do

Make an appointment in MyTax

If you cannot log in to MyTax, make an appointment by calling 029 512 000.

The Tax Administration makes sure that your tax matters are in order. We will determine whether you will have to pay taxes to Finland on the income you receive. We may ask you to give us further information later.