Car taxation – when you buy or bring into Finland a car not earlier registered in Finland

You must pay car tax in the following circumstances:

  • You took a vehicle with you from a foreign country and you are re-registering it in Finland.
  • You buy a vehicle in Finland that has no registration. You are registering it for the first time.
  • You put a vehicle into operation in Finland – unless it is a vehicle subject to tax-exempt use.

Vehicle tax has to be paid once a year. The Finnish Transport and Communications agency Traficom collects the vehicle tax from car owners annually (ajoneuvovero in Finnish, not discussed in this guidance).

Changes in car taxation 2021

There will be changes in car taxation and excise taxation at the beginning of 2021. Read more about the changes (information in Finnish and Swedish only).


It is not yet possible to file the car tax return in My Tax. You will be able to file the car tax return in MyTax at the beginning of 2021. File the car tax return in the car tax online service.

How much car tax do I have to pay?

Amount of car tax

I am taking a car with me to Finland

Bringing a used car to Finland

Tax-exempt use of a motor vehicle

Temporary tax-exempt use