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How do changes in income affect Kela benefits?

An increase or decrease in your income may affect the benefits you get from Kela. If your income increases, your benefit may be reduced or stopped. If your income decreases, your benefit may go up, or you may be eligible for other benefits.

A change in your income can also affect the benefits of your spouse or partner, and vice versa.

Attention

Different types of income affect benefits in different ways. Income can mean earnings or investment income, income received from abroad, taxable social security benefits, or grants and scholarships. To find out what types of income affect your benefit, check the decision letter you received or the webpage for the benefit in question.

Kela usually recognises income at the gross amount, i.e. before taxes.

If your income decreases

If your income decreases, the amount of your benefit may go up or you may be eligible for other benefits. You can use an online calculator to estimate how much the benefits will change.

When there is a change in the income of a person who is liable for maintenance payments, it may be necessary to also adjust the child support payments. This in turn can affect the child maintenance allowance paid by Kela. If you have questions or concerns about the confirmation of child support, contact the child welfare officer of your municipality.

If your income decreases and you have child support debt, you may eligible for an exemption from payment. Apply for an exemption in the OmaKela e-service or use the LC1e form. Please note that our e-service is only available in Finnish and Swedish.

Housing allowance for pensioners must be reviewed if the combined annual income of your spouse and yourself decreases by at least €509 per year (€42.42 per month). Request a review in the OmaKela e-service or use the form AE1e.

If you have outstanding student loan and your income decreases, you may be eligible for interest assistance. Apply on form OT7.

Changes in income can affect your eligibility for rehabilitation allowance or the amount of the allowance. Tell Kela in your own words about the change in your income either by sending a message in the OmaKela e-service or in a letter.

A change in income can affect the amount of the income-tested care supplement, which can be part of child home care and private day care allowances. Request a review of the supplement in the OmaKela e-service or use the form WH1e.

Your income affects the income-tested additional amount of the continuing pension. Notify Kela of the change in your income on the EV277 form.

The conscript’s allowance is affected by net income, i.e. the income after taxes. Changes in your income or the income of a family member who receives conscript’s allowance can affect the amount of the allowance. Apply for a review on form SA1.

Your guarantee pension must be reviewed if there is a change in the amount of your other pensions. Apply for a review in the OmaKela e-service or use the E285 form.

Your income affects the amount of labour market subsidy and basic unemployment allowance you can get. Next time you complete an unemployment status report in the OmaKela e-service or on the TT2e form, state that your income has changed.

Your old-age pension must be reviewed if there is a change in the amount of your other pensions. Apply for a review in the OmaKela e-service or use the E285 form.

General housing allowance must be reviewed if your total household income decreases by at least €200 per year compared to the previous housing allowance decision. Apply for a review in the OmaKela e-service or use the AT1e form.

The amount of basic social assistance is affected by all income and assets available to you. Notify a change in your income in the OmaKela e-service or use the TO1e form.

If your income increases

If your income increases, your benefit may be reduced or stopped. Use an online calculator to estimate how much the amounts of your benefits are likely to change.

When there is a change in the income of a person who is liable for maintenance payments, it may be necessary to also adjust the child support payments. This in turn can affect the child maintenance allowance paid by Kela. If you have questions or concerns about the confirmation of child support, contact the child welfare officer of your municipality.

Housing allowance for pensioners must be reviewed if your income or the combined annual income of your spouse and yourself increases by at least €1,018 per year (€84.83 per month). Request a review in the OmaKela e-service or use the form AE1e.

While on paternity allowance, you can only work on Sundays and holidays. Report the days you work in the OmaKela e-service. You do not have report your earnings or any work you do on Sundays or holidays.

While on pregnancy allowance and parental allowance, you can only work on Sundays and holidays. Report the days you work in the OmaKela e-service. You do not have report your earnings or any work you do on Sundays or holidays.

Changes in income can affect your eligibility for rehabilitation allowance or the amount of the allowance. If you receive rehabilitation allowance and go to work or begin to get some other benefits, tell Kela about it in your own words either by sending a message in OmaKela or in a letter. If you receive rehabilitation allowance for young persons or rehabilitation allowance for pensioners, your earnings during a period of vocational rehabilitation are not deducted from your allowance, and you do not have to report them to Kela.

A change in income affects the amount of the income-tested care supplement, which can be part of child home care and private day care allowances. Request a review of the supplement in the OmaKela e-service or use the form WH1e.

Your income affects the income-tested additional amount of the continuing pension. Notify Kela of the change in your income on the EV277 form.

You do not have to notify Kela if your income changes, but you must make sure that your income does not exceed the specified annual income limit. If it does, you will have to pay back financial aid.

You can get interest assistance only if your income does not exceed a specific income limit during the four months preceding the payment of interest.

The conscript’s allowance is affected by net income, i.e. the income after taxes. Changes in your income or the income of a family member who receives conscript’s allowance can affect the amount of the allowance. If you are paid wages for a single month, they are not taken into account. Apply for a review on form SA1.

Your guarantee pension must be reviewed if there is a change in the amount of your other pensions or you begin to receive a new pension. Apply for a review in the OmaKela e-service or use the E285 form.

Tell Kela if you start paid work. Kela will stop paying you a disability pension if you earn more than €922.42 per month. However, your pension does not have to be stopped but it can be suspended for anywhere between three months and two years. If you start paid work, tell Kela about it in the OmaKela e-service or use the EV267 form. If you begin to receive some other pension or compensation or their amount changes, tell Kela about it in the OmaKela e-service or use the E285 form.

Your income affects the amount of labour market subsidy and basic unemployment allowance you can get. Next time you complete an unemployment status report in the OmaKela e-service or on the TT2e form, state that your income has changed.

Your old-age pension must be reviewed if there is a change in the amount of your other pensions or you begin to receive a new pension. Apply for a review in the OmaKela e-service or use the E285 form.

General housing allowance must be reviewed if your total household income increases by at least €400 over the previous housing allowance decision. Apply for a review in the OmaKela e-service or use the AT1e form.

The amount of basic social assistance is affected by all income and assets available to you. Notify a change in your income in the OmaKela e-service or use the TO1e form.

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