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Re: Refuse/ignore to pay serafe bill?

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Has anyone had positive experience with ignoring to pay the serafe bill? I have no radio or tv and no interest in listening to any of the swiss media, mostly junk anyways, no offence. It lightens up my inner rebel when I'm forced to pay for something i don't use.

And yes i do have a smartphone and laptop so i can communicate with the world in 2021.

Will you get fined or have other consequences if you don't pay. In the end i don't want to bother with authorities, but also don't want to make it easy for people to take screw consumers over.
Don't, trust me, it will hurt you more then them. If it makes you feel any better: this is not the worst kind of "mass collection" in Switzerland. At least it makes some sense.

If you want to know about total nonsense then consider Pro Litteris, both of my tiny companies housed in the same building must pay them yearly amounts because "we might have copy machines and thus make copies of books".
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If you want to know about total nonsense then consider Pro Litteris, both of my tiny companies housed in the same building must pay them yearly amounts because "we might have copy machines and thus make copies of books".
That peed me off as well. Tied to number of employees. I took it as licence to make copies of books. The first bill was so unprofessional and scrappy, it nearly was binned immediately. They've got better in the last few years.

For the OP - here are the exemptions to paying Serafe:
  • Households with persons who receive annual supplementary Old Age, Survivors' and Invalidity (OASI / AHV-IV) insurance benefits from the federal government
  • Households with no means of receiving radio or television (no radio, no television, no computer, no tablet, no smartphone, no car radio, etc.)
  • Households of deaf-blind people, provided that there are no people liable for the fee living in their private household
  • Households of diplomats

Unless you are on this list, if you can have a smartphone, you must pay. That's the law.
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