Who doesn't pay?

Beneficiaries of supplementary benefits

  • On application, persons are exempt from having to pay the fee if they receive an annual supplementary benefit (SB) from the Confederation in relation to disability or old-age (OASI or DI). A new development is that the exemption applies from the time the supplementary benefits are received, for a maximum of five years back, but not retroactively to the period before 2019.
  • Persons who were already exempt before 2019 should not have to do anything: they will not receive an invoice since Billag has sent Serafe the data on the recipients of supplementary benefits at its disposal.
  • To make an application, the confirmation letter from the SB implementation authority concerning receipt of SB must be submitted to Serafe.
  • If one member of a private household is exempt, the obligation to pay the fee no longer applies to all members of the household concerned. In the case of SB recipients, the exemption applies for at least three years. After that the collection agency must conduct an enquiry as to whether the conditions for exemption from the fee are still being met.
  • Exemption for recipients of social welfare assistance is not provided, as social welfare assistance takes the fee into account in the basic amount. Discounts or waivers cannot be granted.
  • Legal basis: Article 69b paragraph 1 letter a and paragraph 2 of the Federal Radio and Television Act (RTVA; CC 784.40) and Article 61 paragraph 1 of the Radio and Television Ordinance (RTVO; CC 784.401)

Diplomats

  • In accordance with Article 69b paragraph 1 letter b of the Federal Radio and Television Act (RTVA; CC 784.40), the following persons are exempted from the obligation to pay the fee persons entitled to privileges, immunities and facilities under Article 2 paragraph 2 of the Host State Act of 22 June 20072 (HSA) and who enjoy diplomatic status, provided they do not hold Swiss citizenship; the Federal Council shall regulate the exemption of other persons enjoying privileges, immunities and facilities and the members of staff of institutional beneficiaries under Article 2 paragraph 1 letters d, e and f HSA, provided they do not hold Swiss citizenship
  • In accordance with Article 61 paragraph 3 letters a, b and c of the Radio and Television Ordinance (RTVO; CC 784.401), the following persons are exempted from the obligation to pay:
    • a.   diplomatic staff, consular officials, administrative and technical staff and service staff of diplomatic missions, permanent missions or other representations to intergovernmental organisations and consular posts run by professional consular officials if they hold a legitimation card issued by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) (legitimation card types B, C, D, E, K red, K blue or K violet) and do not hold Swiss citizenship;
      b.   the members of senior management (legitimation card type B) and high-ranking officials (legitimation card type C) of institutional beneficiaries that have concluded a headquarters agreement with the Federal Council, provided they enjoy diplomatic status, hold a legitimation card issued by the FDFA and do not hold Swiss citizenship;
      c.   the persons authorised to accompany a person in terms of letters a or b with the same status as the accompanied person, provided they do not hold Swiss citizenship.

Housholds of deafblind persons

  • Households which consist only of deaf-blind persons do not have to pay the fee.
  • An application and a copy of a medical certificate must be submitted to Serafe for an exemption from the fee.
  • Legal basis: Article 61 paragraph 4 of the Radio and Television Ordinance (RTVO; CC 784.401)

Opting out

  • All persons who possess neither a radio, a television, a car radio, a smartphone, a computer with internet access nor a tablet can benefit from exemption from the fee (opting out).
  • As soon as a household has received the bill from Serafe - and not before - it can submit an application using a form provided by Serafe.
  • Exemption from the fee applies for one year.
  • For each subsequent fee period, a request must be re-submitted on receipt of the bill.
  • An exempt household which acquires the possibility of receiving radio or television programme services must notify Serafe immediately and waive the exemption.
  • Legal basis: Article 109c Federal Radio and Television Act (RTVA; CC 784.40) and Articles 94 to 96 of the Radio and Television Ordinance (RTVO; CC 784.401)

Principal residence abroad and no secondary residence in Switzerland

  • Someone who has their principal residence abroad and who does not have a secondary residence in Switzerland, i.e. a person on holiday in Switzerland, does not have to pay the fee.
 

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Last modification 30.03.2020

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