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Post by Kemars » Tue Sep 02, 2003 4:12 pm

Depends highly on where you originated from...

Contact your local embassy and ask from them regarding tax information and or just contact your local tax authority and ask. =)
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Post by Hank W. » Tue Sep 02, 2003 4:45 pm

No, it depends if you live in Finland 6 months and are a resident. There are however taxation treaties with several countries that will define how much and to which country you pay taxes to. Some tax treaties are on the net, most may be obtained from the embassies.

Actually I just posted this stuff in "what to consider before..." in "Moving to Finland" yesterday. From , which has the info hidden there somewhere... here ya go:

"In Finland, resident individuals are taxed on their world-wide income. Residents are taxed according to progressive tax rates for national tax purposes and flat rates for municipal ones (including even church tax and social security payments).

An individual is deemed to be a resident of Finland if he has his permanent home in Finland or if he stays in Finland for a continuous period of more than six months. The stay in Finland may be regarded as continuous in spite of a temporary absence from the country. A Finnish citizen is, however, considered to be resident in Finland for three full calendar years after leaving the country, unless he can produce evidence that he has no longer any essential connections to Finland (the three-years rule). A resident status can begin or end in the course of a year.

Taxable income
Individual taxpayers´ income can be divided roughly into two categories: salary income and capital gains. Income tax is paid to the state and the municipalities at a progressive tax rate. Capital income tax is 29%.

A foreigner working in Finland may qualify for a special tax at a flat rate of 35% during a period of 24 months if he receives any Finnish-source income for duties requiring special expertise and earns a pecuniary salary of EUR 5,800 or more per month. This law provides that the expert has not been resident in Finland any time during the five previous years. This rule is effective only if the employment has started in 2003 or earlier.

For taxpayers resident in Finland, personal earned income subject to tax may include wages and salaries of all kind paid in money, but also directors’ bonuses, commissions, rental value of an employee’s free housing, pensions and annuities, living and housing allowances, car benefits or unemployment benefits. Furthermore, company options are taxed as earned income. The state income tax on earned income is imposed at progressive rates. In addition to that, municipal tax, church tax and social security taxes are imposed at flat rates on the earned income.

Any income accrued from capital, e.g. dividends, rental income and capital gains, is taxed at a flat rate of 29%. The gain from the sale of the taxpayer’s home is tax exempt if the taxpayer has owned and lived in it continuously for at least two years.

Interest income from deposits in ordinary Finnish bank accounts is taxable at a flat rate of 29%. This is a final tax.

"Tax rates for residents in 2002

State tax on earned income in 2002 (EUR)

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Taxable income Tax on the limit (EUR)  Percentage on the excess 
11 500 - 14 300                 8                                13%
14 300 - 19 700               372                                17%
19 700 - 30 900             1 290                                23%
30 900 - 54 700             3 866                                29%
54 700 or more             10 768                                36%
State wealth tax

For net value of assets of EUR 185,000, a wealth tax of EUR 80 is applicable. A rate of 0.9% applies to the value exceeding EUR 185,000.

Municipal taxes on income

Municipal tax is levied at flat rates on taxable income. The tax rate varies between 15% and 20%, depending on the municipality.

Church tax

Church tax is paid by the members of the Finnish Evangelic Lutheran and Orthodox churches at flat rates on the taxable income as determined for municipal tax. Rates vary between 1% and 2%.

Social security payments in 2002

A sickness insurance premium of 1.5% is collected from the taxpayer on his earned income.

Pension and unemployment insurance premiums are usually withheld from the employee’s salary at a rate of 4.8% (2002). These premiums are not administered by the tax administration.

That was about taxes.
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Post by jwesthues » Tue Sep 02, 2003 7:24 pm

Question regarding the applicability of taxes...

It seems to me that, like most bureaucracies, the tax authorities of different countries might not share information that well.

How "honest" are most people when it comes to reporting income from different countries? For example... I moved here in May. I worked in the States for three months this year. How likely is it that the Finnish authorities would find out about that income? Any thoughts are welcome.


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Post by Hank W. » Tue Sep 02, 2003 11:58 pm

NOBODY expects the Finnish Tax Authority! Our chief weapon is surprise...surprise and fear...fear and surprise.... Our two weapons are fear and surprise...and ruthless efficiency.... Our *three* weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency...and an almost fanatical devotion to Kekkonen.... Our *four* *Amongst* our weapons.... Amongst our weaponry...are such elements as fear, surprise.... I'll come in again.

They might get interested, but really I don't think they care too much. Its a bit like riding in the Metro.
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