TV licence fees are about to get more expensive in Austria

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The Local - [email protected] • 18 Oct, 2021 Updated Mon 18 Oct 2021 11:29 CEST
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TV licence fees are set to increase in Austria, with the future fee to cost between €22 and €28 per month depending on where you live in the country.

The board of national broadcaster ORF voted in favour of the fee increase, which will see their revenue from the licence fee increase by €50 million to reach €700 million each year.

The rise was approved by all political parties except for the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ), which has called for the monthly fees to be abolished and the broadcaster instead funded through taxes and the state budget.

But what exactly does that mean for your monthly costs?

The new prices are set to come into effect from March 1st, 2022 at the earliest. Around 3.4 million households in Austria currently pay the fees, while some are exempt due to low income status for example and others do not need to pay as they do not have a TV with a tuner or antenna.

The rise means that the programming fees (Programmentgelt in German), which make up around two thirds of the total fee, will rise by eight percent or €1.38 per month to reach €18.59. The rest of the fee is made up of extra national fees and state taxes, which vary depending on where in Austria you live.

In Vienna and Lower Austria, the current monthly fee is €26.33, made up of €7.40 fees and VAT plus the €18.59 programming fee. That's going to rise to €27.85, the second highest figure nationwide.

In Styria, total monthly fees will rise from €26.73 to €28.11; in Salzburg, from €25.63 to €27.01; in Burgenland from €23.73 to €25.11; in Upper Austria from €20.93 to €22.31; in Carinthia from €26.03 to €27.41; in Tyrol from €24.63 to €26.01; and in Voralberg from €20.93 to €22.31.

The next planned fee increase is set for 2027.

It is possible to opt out of the monthly fees if you do not have a TV with a tuner or antenna connection, but you then need to actively contact GIS (Gebühren Info Service, the company responsibly for administration of these fees) to opt out.



The Local 2021/10/18 11:29

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