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Swiss Parliament Pushes Through Media Tax

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

14 March 2014


The Swiss National Council has waved through a new media tax to replace the radio and television license fee.

The charge will be levied on all households and on large companies in Switzerland with a household income or annual turnover in excess of EUR500,000 (USD574,257), and will no longer be linked to television and radio ownership. The tax was narrowly adopted by 105 votes to 77.

The introduction of a tax will improve the collection of the annual license fee. Under the previous regime, collection was problematic because a number of viewers were instead accessing programs through the Internet.

Extending the levy to all households and large firms will enable the Government to lower the tariff applied. Swiss Federal Councilor Doris Leuthard hinted that the fee might be cut from CHF462 to around CHF400 per household.

Swiss trade association SGV usam said that it was "disappointed" by the outcome. The additional charge on businesses is an "impermissible" form of double taxation, it argued.

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