Incomes register makes applying for Kela benefits easier

When reviewing applications for benefit, Kela refers to data contained in the incomes register. Applicants need not enclose any income statements with their application because Kela retrieves the relevant salary information from the incomes register.

Finnish employers have been required to report salaries and other relevant information to the incomes register since the beginning of 2019. Employers must report the information to the register within 5 calendar days of the pay date.

You can check what information your employer has reported to the incomes registry. Use your online banking credentials or mobile ID to sign in to the e-service for the incomes register at

What kind of information do employers report?

Employers have to report the wages, salaries, compensations, fringe benefits and compensations for travel costs that have been paid after 1 January 2019 to the national incomes registry.

Kela recommends that the employer also reports data on employment, absence from work and type of earnings to the national incomes registry even though the reporting of this information is voluntary for the employer. This way they do not need to be reported to Kela separately.

Sickness allowances, parents’ allowances and rehabilitation allowances that go into payment on or after 1 January 2020 are calculated on the basis of 12-month income data available from the incomes register.

A private household can calculate the wages it has paid for instance at ( in Finnish and Swedish). The data are automatically transmitted to the national incomes register.

What information should you also henceforth report to Kela?

For benefit determinations, Kela still needs some information that is not obtained from the national incomes register. The application forms and the e-service include information on the data that have to be submitted.

Other income-related data include for instance

  • trade union dues 
  • unemployment fund dues
  • rental income
  • interest income
  • dividends 
  • entrepreneurial income

If some data are missing from the application, Kela will ask you to provide them. 

When you apply for a benefit, we recommend that you use our e-service.

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