Electronic car tax services
As a rule, car tax must be paid on all passenger cars, delivery vans and buses with an unladen weight of less than 1,875 kg, as well as on motorcycles and other category L vehicles (e.g. ATVs).
The car tax must be paid before the vehicle is registered or taken into use in Finland for the first time. There are specific cases of temporary tax-exempt use where this rule does not apply.
The car tax is collected in accordance with the same principles regardless of the region from where the vehicle is imported. Vehicles imported from the EEA and other counties that are considered similar are subject to the same tax rate. Vehicles imported from outside the EU are also subject to customs duties and import VAT.
For more information see www.tulli.fi/en/
Car tax on used vehicles
If you are importing a used vehicle to Finland or buying a used vehicle in Finland and the vehicle is not registered in this country you must submit a car tax declaration and pay the car tax. If you intend to use the vehicle before paying the tax and before the vehicle is registered in Finland, you must first submit a declaration of vehicle use to the Finnish Tax Administration.
You must submit the car tax declaration (plus all necessary attachments) within five days of submitting the declaration of use. You must pay the tax after receiving the car tax decision. The vehicle can only be registered in Finland after you have paid the car tax. The registration is the responsibility of the Finnish Transport Safety Agency (www.trafi.fi) and it takes place at an inspection station.
For more information see How to import a used vehicle to Finland from the EEA
Car tax on new vehicles
If you bring a new vehicle to Finland, you must submit an application for the car tax, pay the tax and have the vehicle registered. If you intend to use the vehicle before paying the tax and before the vehicle is registered in Finland, you must first submit a declaration of vehicle use to the Finnish Tax Administration.
If you have purchased a new vehicle in Finland and the vehicle has been registered before you receive it, you do not need to pay the car tax separately. In such cases, the retailer collects the car tax from you and pays it to the Finnish Tax Administration.