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With the launch of the national incomes register approaching, Kela is helping to take the digital leap
Kela hopes that employers will report not only salaries but also such optional information as employment contracts and absences. As the volume of data in the incomes register grows, the system will bring benefits to Kela’s clients.
A national incomes register will be launched at the beginning of 2019. Salary information will begin to accumulate in the register after the turn of the year as employers start to report their employees’ salaries.
Antti Jussila, head of benefit services at Kela, says that Kela is looking forward to the adoption of the incomes register with excitement and some trepidation. Data between the incomes register and various data suppliers are exchanged securely. Jussila says that it was a privilege to join the project led by the Tax Administration.
He adds that the incomes register supports Kela in its efforts to build up its digital service platforms. Development of the incomes register will continue, with data on social benefits paid out by Kela planned to be integrated into the register in 2020.
While the introduction of the incomes register at the start of 2019 will require employer clients to learn new systems and procedures, it will also simplify their interactions with Kela. Starting in mid-January, employers can claim compensation for family leave costs and daily allowances also through the incomes register if supported by the employer’s payroll management system.
Employers are expected to benefit even more from the planned introduction at the beginning of 2020 of an amendment to the Health Insurance Act (HE 296/2018 vp). If the amendment is passed by Parliament, Kela will be able to look up salary information needed to determine the individual rates of sickness, parental and rehabilitation allowances in the incomes register, which means that the information will be as up to date as possible. At that point, Kela will no longer determine claims for daily allowances on the basis of tax information, Jussila says.
Less need for supporting documentation
For Kela’s individual clients, the incomes register has the potential benefit that their employers have the option of reporting not only salary information but also details on employment, absences and types of income received.
Should employers report also such optional information, Kela will be able to use the incomes register more effectively. That will make it easier both for individual clients and for employers to conduct their business with Kela, with fewer supporting documents and follow-up statements needed, Jussila says.
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