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Old 05.01.2021, 21:25
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Re: TV licence, Serafe in place of Billag

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My main objection to the radio/TV tax is that it is paid to a private company. I'd have no problem with it if I paid it directly to the government as a line item on my tax return.
I really do not understand this argument. It is not paid to SERAFE, SERAFE simply collects it. The Federal Government uses the Cantons to collect its taxes (and the Cantons get a share of theses taxes for their troubles). In this case the Federal Government - for whatever reason - decided to outsource the collection of the licence fees to a private company. At most you can complain that SERAFE gets a profit margin. Adding as a line item to the tax return does not work since it is collected on a household basis.

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So now to my initial question: Can OFCOM force themselves into my property or is it similar to the UK where "they can keep on knocking but they can't come in!"? Is my Internet Service Provider required to provide them information on me?
Yes they can enter your premises:

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SRF should publish a breakdown of their costs. No doubt there is a small number of TV shows in addition to luxurious offices and inflated salaries that account for a large portion of the CHF 365 charge.
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