Tax based on a vehicle’s period of use
You can claim a reduction of the full amount of car tax if the vehicle has been taken into taxable use in Finland for the first time and it is not and will not be entered in the traffic register.
Submit the claim to the Tax Administration within one year from the due date of the vehicle’s first car tax. If you do not submit the claim by the deadline, no reduction will be granted.
When you have filed the claim, you must stop using the vehicle.
In the claim, state the vehicle’s odometer reading at the end of use, the last day of use in Finland, the vehicle identification number and the vehicle’s individual characteristics.
The Tax Administration can grant a reduction during the tax assessment process.
If the tax assessment has already been completed, the Tax Administration adjusts the assessment and issues a new tax decision that includes a reduction based on the vehicle’s period of use. If a registration permit has been granted, the Tax Administration cancels the permit.
The reduction may be granted only when tax is imposed on the vehicle for the first time. If tax has been imposed on the vehicle in Finland previously, no reduction is granted even if the vehicle will not be registred in Finland. This also applies to situations where the car tax has been imposed for another taxpayer.
Amount of reduction
The amount of reduction is the amount of tax that would be imposed on the vehicle on the last day of use. However, the amount of tax imposed is always at least 5 per cent of the full tax.