Information for student and taxation of benefits

ATTENTION STUDENTS! Submit a study certificate stamped by your educational institution and the transcript of your student record to Elo at the start of the autumn term in order to ensure the continued payment of your rehabilitation benefit, standard term compensation and travel reimbursement. Template for the study certificate > 

The easiest way to submit your documents to us is through our online service at www.elo.fi/pensionservice , under Documents and messages > Submit attachment. Documents can also be submitted in photograph format. 

If your studies are not progressing as planned, please contact us, tel. +358 (0)20 694 717.

 

Instructions for students receiving vocational rehabilitation

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At the start of the studies

Submit a study certificate

 

Submit a study certificate to Elo at the start of your studies. We can only begin paying the rehabilitation benefit once we have received the study certificate. The easiest way to submit the certificate is using the attachment submission option available in Elo’s Online Pension Service www.elo.fi/elakepalvelu.

 

Travel reimbursement

 

You can receive compensation for certain travel expenses related to vocational rehabilitation. Further information about travel reimbursements is available from TELA (in Finnish) >

 

You can apply for travel reimbursements online at www.elo.fi/elakepalvelu. Log in to the Online Pension Service using your personal online banking codes.

 

Reimbursement for the costs of living outside your home municipality

 

Some rehabilitees will have extra living expenses as a result of having a residence both in their home municipality and the municipality in which their rehabilitation takes place. In these cases, the additional expenses will be reimbursed, during the months of active rehabilitation, in the form of a partial daily allowance provided in accordance with the decision issued by the Tax Administration on the tax-exempt compensations for business travel. The reimbursements can be applied for through Elo’s Online Pension Service at www.elo.fi/elakepalvelu. Log in to the service using your personal online banking codes. A document detailing your additional expenses and a copy of your rental agreement must be attached to your application.

 

Standard compensation

Elo reimburses expenses from studies that lead to a qualification or degree in accordance with TELA’s reimbursement recommendations (in Finnish only) >. Before we can pay the reimbursement, we will need to receive a study certificate, which you can submit using the attachment submission option available in Elo’s Online Pension Service. Log in to the service using your personal online banking codes at www.elo.fi/elakepalvelu. The payment of the reimbursement will be made separately for the spring and autumn terms.

 

Discontinued or delayed studies

Please contact an Elo rehabilitation expert if your studies are discontinued or delayed. Any unduly paid benefits may be recovered from you.

 

Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship will always be agreed on with the local apprenticeship agency. At the start of the apprenticeship, submit to Elo a copy of your employment contract, apprenticeship agreement and a study certificate from the educational institution in question. The guidelines regarding students are generally applicable to apprenticeship training.

 

Working while studying

You can work while studying as long as you stay within the relevant earnings limits. Your personal earnings limits are stated in the decision concerning your rehabilitation benefit.


Student checklist for the start of the academic term

Submit a study certificate to Elo for the payment of the benefit and cost reimbursements. You can submit the study certificate using the attachment submission option available in Elo’s Online Pension Service. Log in to the service using your personal online banking codes at www.elo.fi/pensionservice.

 

At the start of the spring term, in January

The benefit is paid for the spring term once we have received a new study certificate. We will also pay the cost reimbursement based on the same certificate. Remember to submit the following to Elo new tax card.

 

At the start of the autumn term, in August

The benefit is paid for the autumn term once we have received a new study certificate. We will also pay the cost reimbursement based on the same certificate.    

Subsistence during the summer

Elo also pays rehabilitation benefits during the holiday months. We recommend that the holiday period be used for studies or practical training.


Graduation

Congratulations on your graduation! Now it’s time for you to enter working life.

Remember to submit your qualification or degree certificate to Elo using the attachment submission option available in Elo’s Online Pension Service atwww.elo.fi/elakepalvelu. Log in to the service using your personal online banking codes.


Changes to TELA’s recommendation concerning reimbursements for rehabilitation as of 1 January 2019

Key changes to the recommendation:                                                      

1. Travel reimbursements are paid for return trips instead of one-way trips.
2. The travel reimbursement rate is 0.11 euro/km.                
3. The maximum reimbursement for trips between the individual’s home and rehabilitation site is 600 euro.

The rehabilitation recommendation concerns the reimbursements of costs related to vocational rehabilitation. Please note that, as of 1 January 2019, the old reimbursement form for travel and accommodation costs is no longer in use. Read more about TELA’s currently valid rehabilitation recommendation (in Finnish only) >
The easiest way to apply for cost reimbursements is through Elo’s Online Pension Service. Log in to the service using your personal online banking codes.

Taxation of benefits

When you receive the decision on rehabilitation, ask the tax authorities to calculate a withholding percentage for the rehabilitation benefit to be paid to you. The rehabilitation allowance and assistance are taxed as benefits, while the rehabilitation increase is taxes as pension income. For the calculation of the tax rate, you will need to provide the tax authorities with the decision regarding your benefit as well as information about other forms of income and related withholdings. Order a tax card from the tax authorities. The tax authorities will send the tax card directly to Elo.

Altogether 40 % tax will be withheld from your benefit if your tax information is not available prior to the first payment. Any excessive withholding tax will be returned/paid to your account (within approx. one week), once Elo receives the tax card calculated by the tax authorities. The repayment of excessive taxes is, however, only possible as they relate to benefits paid during the current year.

Cost reimbursements, such as compensation for travel and accommodation expenses are tax exempt and are not considered in the taxation.


Manage your pension and rehabilitation matters online

In Elo’s Online Pension Service you can do the following:

    • Check the next payment date and tax percentage.
    • Inform about changes to an account number or contact information.
    • Apply for reimbursement of travel expenses connected with vocational rehabilitation.
    • Take the paperless service into use, whereby you will have access to all documents concerning your benefit directly through Elo’s Online Pension Service.


Elo is here to help and support you

Elo's Online Pension Service enables you to manage your pension and benefit matters whenever it’s most convenient for you. For pension and benefit matters, please call us at +358 (0)20 694 726 (weekdays 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.)