President of the Republic ratifies Acts on amending the Act on the Finnish Broadcasting Company and Act on State Television and Radio Fund - TV fee payment obligation continues until 31 December 2012 State Television and Radio Fund - TV fee payment obligation continues until 31 December 2012Published 13.08.2012 | Updated 19.12.2012 The President of the Republic has today ratified the Acts on amending the Act on the Finnish Broadcasting Company and the Act on State Television and Radio Fund after the approval of the parliament on 20 June 2012.
According to the Acts, as of 1 January 2013, the activities of the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yleisradio, YLE) will be funded by an appropriation transferred from the state budget to the State Television and Radio Fund. The tax administration will collect a new public service broadcasting tax which covers the appropriation in the budget. For further information on the public service broadcasting tax, go to the website of the Finnish Tax Administration at www.vero.fi.
TV fee payment obligation continues until 31 December 2012
The obligation to pay the television fee and inspections will continue as usual until the end of 2012 and the obligation to notify FICORA still stands for people beginning to use a television set during 2012.
From its invoicing run on 5 July 2012 onwards, FICORA has altered all TV fee invoices to cover the period up to the end of the year only. However, invoices sent before then must be paid as per the invoice, even if the invoice reaches into 2013. Payments covering part of 2013 will be reimbursed to customers during the autumn and next spring. The reimbursements concern about 200,000 households in Finland.
How the Acts impact FICORA
The Acts mean reductions in FICORA's staff, because the current responsibilities related to the collection of TV fees will cease. FICORA's cooperation consultations were completed on 6 June 2012. The consultations concerned 40 permanent employees within the current TV fee administration and 61 part-time television fee inspectors.
News release of the Ministry of Transport and Communications (in Finnish)