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Value-added tax paid by businesses in the first months of the year could be returned to them and rescheduled for later payment

Ministry of Finance
20.5.2020 13.41 | Published in English on 20.5.2020 at 17.22
Press release

The Government is proposing that value-added tax (VAT) already paid in the early part of 2020 could be returned to businesses as part of revised payment arrangements. Under these arrangements, a rescheduled payment scheme would be drawn up for the later payment of the returned amount of VAT to the Tax Administration.

“The temporary returning of VAT already paid is one of the Government’s measures for alleviating the situation for businesses that find themselves in financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic. I’m pleased that this is now moving forward,” said Minister of Finance Katri Kulmuni.

The Government is also proposing that it would not be possible for the returned VAT to be used towards tax arrears in an adjusted payment arrangement or deferral, but would instead be paid to the VAT-liable business, provided that there are no other obstacles to doing so.

It is also proposed that late-payment interest applicable to payment arrangements and deferrals would be lowered further to 3% from the already reduced level of 4%. This lower rate would apply to taxes due between the start of March and the end of August this year, and to VAT payable in early 2020 that is subject to adjusted payment arrangements.

The intention is that the proposed changes would enter into force as soon as possible.


Suvi Anttila, Senior Ministerial Adviser, tel. +358 2955 30201, suvi.anttila(at)

Marja Niiranen, Ministerial Adviser, tel. +358 2955 30238, marja.niiranen(at)

Pertti Nieminen, Senior Specialist, tel. +358 2955 30461, pertti.nieminen(at)