How to file credit due to maintenance obligation in MyTax

  1. Select “Tax returns and tax information” under Activities on the MyTax home page.

  2. Select the current year.

  3. Click on “Credit due to maintenance obligation”.

  4. If you also want to request a new tax card where the credit due to maintenance obligation has already been considered in the tax rate, select “Request a new tax card”. (See the instructions: Ordering a tax card in MyTax)

    If you do not want to request a new tax card, select "Report deduction only”.

    When you only report the credit, the details you file will automatically show in your next request for a tax card or prepayments and in the pre-completed tax return. The credit will be taken into account in the tax rate of the next tax card or afterwards in the final tax assessment (in the amount of tax refund or back taxes).

  5. a) If there is a child or children for whom you make maintenance payments in the Tax Administration records, you will see the information on the page. Click on the child’s name and enter the amount of maintenance payments for the entire year.

    If the maintenance obligation for the child has ended, select “Yes” and enter the end date.

    If the maintenance obligation still applies, click “OK”.

    b) If a child’s details are not in the Tax Administration records, click on “Add new child”.

    Enter:

    • the child’s name
    • their personal ID (If the child does not have a Finnish personal ID, enter the date of birth.)
    • the amount of maintenance payments during the entire year.

    If you are claiming credit for the first time or for a new child, attach a copy of the agreement or court decision whereby the maintenance obligation has been confirmed.

    If the maintenance obligation for the child has ended, select “Yes” and enter the end date.

    If the maintenance obligation still applies, click “OK”.

  6. Check the details before submitting them.

    If needed, you can still make corrections. You can return to earlier stages by clicking Previous.

    If you wish to continue filling in the details later, select “Save as unfinished”. The Tax Administration will not process the tax return before you have submitted it.