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Federal Price Watchdog Stefan Meierhans has weighed in on the debate on the tv and radio license fee.
The Federal Council wants everyone to pay something it’s now calling a multimedia tax—that’s even if you don’t have a tv or radio.
It argues that internet connections mean a wide range of media can be consumed anyway.
Stefan Meierhans says another tax would be cumbersome.
In an interview with newspaper le Matin he suggests raising the VAT rate by 0.5 percent.
He says that will generate enough revenue to cover what is often called the Billag, or licensing fee.
Meierhans says currently each household pays over 400 francs a year regardless of whether it’s home to a billionaire or—just your average wage owner.
The Federal Price Watchdog says his VAT solution would ensure those who consume more contribute more.