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Objection electricity bill combined with TV and radio licence fee

05 April 2016

Only recently the Italian government has decided that the TV and radio licence fee will be automatically collected via the electricity bill. These measures have been taken to make sure that an estimated third of non-payers are forced to pay their broadcasting fees. However, not everyone has a TV and/or radio or is connected to the internet in their property on Lake Garda. How can one object to this enforced tax? Read on as we will answer the following questions:

  1. What does the electricity bill combined with TV/radio licence fee mean?
  2. Who has to pay?
  3. How much are the instalments of the “Canone Rai”?
  4. What happens if one does not pay?
  5. What can be done if there is no TV or radio in the property?
  6. How can one phrase one’s objection to the automatic collection of the TV/radio licence fees?
  7. Reasons to be exempted from this payment
  8. Links to helpful forms in Italian

What does the electricity bill combined with TV/radio licence fee mean?

As announced in our last news “Stability Law 2016” from this year all electricity bills will automatically include the voice “TV/radio licence fee”.

Who has to pay?

As of now every owner of a property, which is connected to the power grid, is asked to pay the broadcasting fees by the Rai (Radiotelevisione italiana S.p.A.) via the electricity bill. Moreover, that happens independently of whether the property has a TV, radio or is connected to the internet.

How much are the instalments of the “Canone Rai”?

The annual broadcasting fees of 113,50 euros have been reduced to 100 euros which will be billed automatically in 10 consecutive instalment rates via the electricity bill of each property. The first installment is due in July 2016 and will not only contain the monthly rate of 10 Euros but also 60 Euros for the first six month of the year.

What happens if one does not pay?

In case one refuses to pay ones contributions, the tax office intervenes immediately and the offender has to pay a fine of some 30 euros. Should the payments fail to materialize despite the warning issued by the tax office, the property will be inspected by the broadcasting company or the tax office. Should it become apparent in the course of these control visits that the contributor has given a false statement, he/she not only has to pay a fine of 500 euros but also has to face criminal proceedings.

What can be done if there is no TV or radio in the property?

In case a property really has no connection whatsoever to the broadcasting network, the owner of the property has to provide evidence to effectuate the exemption of the payment.

How can one phrase one’s objection to the automatic collection of the TV/radio licence fees?

A few days ago it was decided that it is possible to raise an objection to this automatic collection of these broadcasting fees. Any statement has to be submitted by recorded delivery to Direzione Provinciale I di Torino, Casella Postale 22 – 10121 Torino (to), Agenzia delle Entrate, Ufficio territoriale di Torino1, Sportello S.A.T. The deadline is April 30, 2016.

Reasons to be exempted from this payment

  • The property on Lake Garda is not occupied and empty
  • The TV is no longer used, for example there is a TV set, but it is not connected
  • Payment is effected in a different way
  • There is no TV set
  • The owner and subscriber is deceased

Links to helpful forms in Italian

For those of you, who want to submit a statement to object to the automatic payment of broadcasting fees via the electricity bill, we have compiled a couple of links to forms and drafts of the most frequent reasons to raise objections to this automatic collection.

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