Public information on taxes

All documentation related to taxpayers’ taxes is primarily confidential because the documents have to do with personal financial affairs, current financial standing, taxpayers’ private lives.

However, present law provides detailed rules for the selection of some documents and registered data for public release. The provisions of Finnish law that allow public release are intended to promote openness and public discussion on taxation.

The information that can be released includes a compact list of facts on the previous year’s income taxation, a similar list on real estate taxes, the contents of the prepayment and VAT registers, and the contents of BIS, the Business Information System.