Temporary assistance with electricity costs
Due to a dramatic rise in the price of electricity, households will be able to apply for support with their electricity expenses in 2023.
The primary way to access this support is by claiming tax credit for electricity from the Finnish Tax Administration. In order to qualify for the tax credit, one must have electricity costs exceeding 2,000 euros for the period January to April 2023 and have accrued sufficient taxes for the purposes of the credit. Households that have not accrued enough taxes due to low income can apply for the assistance with electricity costs from Kela.
The application period for assistance with electricity costs has ended
It was possible to apply for assistance with electricity costs from Kela for electricity costs incurred in the period from 1 January to 30 April 2023. The application period for assistance with electricity costs ended on 31 December 2023.
You cannot get both tax credit and assistance. Receiving even a small amount of assistance with electricity costs disqualifies the recipient for the tax credit.
Who can get assistance with electricity costs?
You can receive assistance with electricity costs from Kela for electricity costs incurred in a permanent dwelling for the period 1 January to 30 April 2023. The assistance is available for the electricity costs of one dwelling only, and this dwelling must be located in Finland.
The assistance covers electricity costs, value-added tax and basic charges. The assistance is not available for electricity transmission costs or for late payment penalty fees.
First find out if you can get tax credit for electricity
Use the following examples to assess your eligibility for the tax credit for electricity or for receiving assistance with electricity costs from Kela. Neither the assistance nor the tax credit covers electricity transmission costs.