Stop the Rai license fee in the electricity bill. The Draghi government has given the okay to an agenda on the energy decree that accepts the request from the European Union to remove the TV license from the bill for the supply of household electricity.
A proposal that, barring unforeseen circumstances, is expected to come into effect from 2023 aligning itself with the directives of the European Commission. It was Maria Laura Paxia, of the Mixed Group, to have presented to the Chamber of Deputies an agenda relating to the Energy decree to “adopt regulatory measures aimed at separating the Rai license fee from 2023” from the electricity bill. While not a binding commitment for the executive, removing the Rai fee from the bill and providing for a different form of payment would go in the direction outlined by the European Union, which considers this item in the electricity bills an “improper burden”. This means that electricity bills will most likely be lighter from 2023.
On several occasions there has already been talk of removing the fee from the bill. In the National recovery and resilience plan, Prime Minister Draghi has promised the European Union the cancellation of the obligation for electricity sellers to “collect through their bills sums that are not directly related to energy”.
Rai license fee in the bill
Anyone who owns one or more devices suitable or adaptable to the reception of television programs must by law pay the TV license. The Rai license fee is a tax on the possession of the equipment and as such must be paid regardless of the use of the television or the choice of television broadcasters.
It is required to pay the fee anyone who owns a television set. A television set means a device capable of receiving, decoding and displaying the digital terrestrial or satellite signal, directly – as it is built with all the necessary technical components – or by means of an external decoder or tuner, according to the definition contained in the note of 20 April 2016 of the Ministry of Economic Development. The fee is payable only once in relation to all appliances owned by members of the same registry family, regardless of the number of homes in which there are TV sets.
Since 2016, the presumption of possession of a television set in the presence of a user for the supply of residential electricity has been introduced. The fee, therefore, can no longer be paid by postal order. The TV fee is then charged directly to the bill by the electricity supply operators.
For the year 2022 the amount of the subscription fee for television for private use remains unchanged and amounts to 90 euros. Payment is made by debiting the invoices issued by the electricity companies in ten monthly installments, from January to October of each year. The Rai license fee can also be paid by direct debit on the pension. In this case, however, it is necessary to make a request to your pension institution by 15 November of the year preceding the one to which the subscription refers. The benefit concerns all citizens, holders of television subscriptions, with a pension income, received in the year preceding that of the request, not exceeding 18,000 euros. The procedures for submitting the application are established by each institution, which will then communicate the outcome of the application to the pensioner and, if so, subsequently certify that the full amount due for the television subscription fee has been paid.
When is the fee not paid?
The following are exempt from paying the fee:
- Over seventy-five-year-olds with low income: citizens who have reached the age of 75, with an annual income of their own and that of their spouse not exceeding a total of 8,000 euros and without cohabitants who have their own income (except for domestic collaborators, maids and carers), can submit a declaration replacement (section I of the specific model) with which they certify that they meet the requirements to be exempt from paying the TV fee.
- Foreign diplomats and military personnel, consular officers or employees, officials of international organizations, exempt under the specific applicable headquarters agreement, non-Italian military personnel or non-Italian civilian personnel of non-Italian citizenship belonging to NATO forces stationed in Italy
- citizens who do not own a television set and are holders of a residential electricity contract can submit the self-declaration of non-possession to avoid being charged in the bill. To obtain the exemption it is necessary that no member of the registry family has a television set.