Processing times for returns and applications

Processing time refers to the time that starts when a return or an application arrives at the Tax Administration. The processing time mostly depends on whether we need to ask you for more information regarding your return or application.

Estimated processing time

The estimated processing time is a current forecast of the time it will take to process the return or application.

Value added taxation

Due to the coronavirus situation, the Tax Administration has accelerated the processing of VAT refunds. The majority of applications are processed in a week. Approved refunds are then paid out to the taxpayers. Read more about payments of refunds to taxpayers

Estimated processing time

  • VAT return: 1 week
  • VAT return, cases that require further clarification: 7 weeks
  • Written guidance: 3 weeks

Car taxation

Estimated processing time

  • Car tax return (used vehicles): 3 weeks 
  • Car tax return (used vehicles - registered agent): 8 weeks

If tax assessment requires further investigation or if vehicle value must be determined manually, the processing may be delayed by several weeks.

Application matters

Estimated processing time

  • Advance ruling (VAT): 5 weeks
  • Advance ruling on withholding: 4 weeks
  • Application for special permit for deducting losses: 4 weeks
  • Application for refund of transfer tax: individuals 9–12 months, corporate entities 12–18 months

Gift taxation

Estimated processing time

  • Gift tax decision: 6 months

Refund of taxes withheld at source, Imposing of tax at source, Refund of taxes withheld (individuals)

Estimated processing time

  • 6–12 months

Request for payment arrangement

Estimated processing time

  • 1 week

Claims for adjustment

Estimated processing time

  • Registration: 2 months
  • Self-assessed taxes (VAT, etc.): 10 months
  • A late-filing penalty charge: 12 months
  • Income taxation: 12 months
  • Inheritance taxation: 6-12 months
  • Real estate taxation: 12 months
  • Car tax: 4 months (If vehicle value must be manually defined for a second time, the processing may be delayed by several months)

Inheritance taxation

Estimated processing time

  • Decision on inheritance tax: 6 months

Registration

If your company already has a Business ID, you can use MyTax to enter the company in the Tax Administration’s registers or remove it from the registers.

You can also use the Business Information System (ytj.fi). If you submit a registration notification on ytj.fi, it will first be processed at the Finnish Patent and Registration Office. After this, the Tax Administration receives the notification.

The estimated processing time includes the processing time of the Finnish Patent and Registration Office.

Estimated processing time

  • 3–4 weeks

Income taxation, individuals

Estimated processing time

  • Tax cards: 1–3 days in MyTax, 1–2 weeks on paper form
  • Changing prepayments: 1–3 days in MyTax, 1–2 weeks on paper form
  • Tax return processing: If you have made additions or changes to your 2019 tax return, you will get a new tax decision by 31 October 2020.

Income taxation, business owners and the self-employed, general and limited partnerships

Estimated processing time

  • Tax cards: 1–3 days in MyTax, 1–2 weeks on paper form
  • Changing prepayments: 1–3 days in MyTax, 1–2 weeks on paper form
  • Advance ruling: 6 weeks
  • Tax return processing: If you have made additions or changes to your 2019 tax return, you will get a new tax decision by 31 October 2020.

Income taxation, corporate entities

Estimated processing time

  • Prepayment request: 1–2 days in MyTax
  • Advance ruling: 8 weeks