TV ROYALTY. Emmanuel Macron should abolish the television license fee paid by 28 million French people. What gain? We tell you everything.
[Updated May 18, 2022 at 9:28 a.m.] A tax that has gone almost unnoticed on your tax return for many years, the TV license fee will be abolished this year by Emmanuel Macron! It was a campaign promise from the current head of state, it should be kept. A significant financial windfall that the executive will have to try to compensate. Indeed, this audiovisual license fee made it possible to collect more than 3.1 billion euros each year. A total of 28 million taxpayers were subject to it. As a reminder, each tax household with a television set in its home was obliged to pay this tv fee.
The TV license fee is a tax used to finance public broadcasting. Households that own a similar device (video recorder, DVD player or video projector) equipped with a tuner and connected to a screen, for example, are also concerned. The contribution to public broadcasting is due for a tax household, regardless of the number of televisions and residences subject to housing tax. The amount of the contribution to public broadcasting (CAP) is 138 euros in mainland France and 88 euros in the overseas departments. The deadline was set for November 20. You therefore expose yourself to an increase in the contribution to public broadcasting.
Remember that the reference tax income must also not exceed certain ceilings. Here are the benchmark tax income limits not to be exceeded:
In 2021, the public audiovisual contribution amounts to 138 euros, for everyone and regardless of the composition of your household or the number of televisions. This is the same rate as last year's TV license fee. Overseas, it is lower since it stands at 88 euros. As a reminder, the contribution to public broadcasting must be paid each year. Since 2005, it is backed by the housing tax. Its amount is therefore listed on the local tax assessment notice.
The TV license fee is paid at the same time as the residence tax. If you are one of the households totally exempt thanks to the abolition of local tax on main residences, you will still receive a council tax notice, notifying you that you have nothing to pay, but that you must still pay the TV license fee. The payment deadline is November 15 (November 20 if paying online). Remember that a 10% surcharge applies in the event of late payment.