Start-up notification - associations

Associations that are founded in Finland are registered at the Register of Associations, which is maintained by the PRH. Read more about the Register of Associations.

Furthermore, your can register with the Finnish Trade Register - and with the VAT Register, Employer Register, and Prepayment Register, which are maintained by the Finnish Tax Administration - if registration is required because of the nature of your association. It is not yet possible to submit this notification online.

If your association is only entered into the Register of Associations, it will not be issued a Business ID. The Register of Associations is not included in the Finnish Business Information System (BIS), which is a system jointly maintained by the PRH and the Tax Administration. Therefore, you cannot search for association details in the company search, and no information from online or paper notifications to the BIS is automatically forwarded to the Register of Associations. Read more about the Register of Associations on the PRH website.

An association can be issued a business ID

An association is issued a business ID when

1. you need an ID for taxation or for the authorities, and you have therefore filed a start-up notification with the Tax Administration
2. you need an ID because your association runs a business, and you have therefore filed a start-up notification with the Trade Register

For example, your association must have a business ID if you want to create a "Katso" identification, which can be used in online services provided by Finnish authorities.

Business IDs take a couple of days to be issued.

1. Start-up notification to Tax Administration only

To apply for a business ID, file a start-up notification with the Tax Administration using form Y1. Enclose the following documents:

  • rules of your association
  • annual report, profit and loss account, and balance sheet (for associations already operating), or action plan and budget (for new associations).

Please scroll down for the forms. Fill in the form - either in Finnish or in Swedish - on your computer, then print it at A4 size, and send it to the address given on the form.

Filing notifications to the Tax Administration is always free of charge. If you need help with filling in the forms, please phone the Tax Administration service number +358 29 497 051 (the price of the call consists of a local network fee/mobile call fee).

Entering an association into the VAT Register, Prepayment Register and Employer Register normally takes three weeks.

2. Start-up notification to Trade Register

An association that practises industrial or commercial activity, and has a permanent place of business or employs at least one person must file a start-up notification with the Finnish Trade Register.

In this case, fill in paper form Y1 and appendix form 12. Please scroll down for the forms. Fill in the form - either in Finnish or in Swedish - on your computer, then print it at A4 size, and send it to the address given on the form.

As the notification is handled by the Trade Register, there is a handling fee of 380 euros. It must be paid in advance. See the payment instructions.

Tax consortia (taxable groupings)

If your association is engaged in business but you have not registered with the Register of Associations, and no registration is pending, the Tax Administration will treat it as a tax consortium, and you have to fill in form Y1. Start-up notifications to the Tax Administration are always free of charge.

Please scroll down for the forms. Fill in the form - either in Finnish or in Swedish - on your computer, then print it at A4 size, and send it to the address given on the form.

Please fill in the forms in Finnish or in Swedish.

Download paper forms and instructions