Tax reforms

This page provides information on the upcoming reforms that will affect taxation in Finland.

Accelerated depreciation

An accelerated schedule of depreciation expenses will be accepted for tax purposes for the 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 taxable years. The assets concerned by the changed rules are machines used for business and agriculture.

The accelerated schedule allows max. 50% depreciation on the purchase price of a machine (at present, the highest depreciation permitted by tax laws is 25%). 

Sources of income, as accounted for in corporate taxation

From tax year 2020, the income received by corporate entities is longer taxed differently depending on “source”. Almost all income will be assessed in accordance with the act on the taxation of business income (Laki elinkeinotulon verottamisesta 360/1968), regardless of the nature of the corporate entity’s business operations.  

Amendment to the Act on the taxation of nonresidents’ income

The way tax at source is withheld on dividends paid on corporate stock will change. The change affects the dividends received by shareholders that have a nominee account.

Improvements to VAT reporting

The Tax Administration is looking to improve the VAT return and VAT reporting in the next few years. In future, the information needed in VAT reporting could be retrieved automatically from the companies’ financial management systems based on invoice and receipt details. Automated reporting would also make it possible to prepare pre-completed VAT returns for small companies.

VAT special scheme to expand as of 1 July 2021

The VAT special scheme, i.e. the Mini One Stop Shop has expanded into the One Stop Shop scheme on 1 July 2021.