Evasion of the TV licence of Italian state broadcaster RAI has fallen dramatically from 30 per cent to 4 per cent since the fee was inserted into electricity bills from early 2016.
According to the head of Italy’s Inland Revenue Agency (Agenzia delle Entrate), Rosella Orlandi, the introduction of a combined TV licence fee and electricity bill has worked even better than expected. In fact, tax authorities received an extra €500 million from the RAI TV licence fee compared to 2015, for a total revenue of €2.1 billion.
This despite the fact that the value of the TV licence fee was reduced in the period from €113.50 to €100 per year.
An estimated 21 million households paid the combined TV licence fee/electricity bill.
Users must pay the licence fee if they own one or more TV sets capable of receiving an audio/video signal via terrestrial and/or satellite devices. The payment does not apply to computers without TV tuners and old analogue TVs.
Italy had the highest evasion figure in Europe, despite having the lowest-priced TV licence fee.