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.
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.