TV fee payment loyalty still very good in 2012
The Finns' willingness to pay the TV fee was still very good all the way until the end.
In 2012, FICORA collected a larger sum of TV fees than estimated - a total of 377 million euros. The sum was 21 million euros higher than the goal set for FICORA.
In the end of 2012, the number of TV fees totalled 1,852,624, which was only about 1.5% less than the year before. The sum dropped by 29,695 notifications during 2012.
Refunding of pre-paid TV fees continue till the spring
FICORA continues to refund pre-paid TV fees for 2013. Before the YLE tax was approved by the Parliament in June 2012, TV fee invoices extending to 2013 were sent to some of the customers. Refunds will be paid to a total of 260,000 customers. Due to the large number of refunded payments, the process is carried out in stages and continues till May 2013. So far, pre-paid payments have been refunded to about 80,000 customers. FICORA will not only continue to refund payments but collect debts, too.
YLE tax entered into force on 1 January 2013.
As of 1 January 2013, the expenses of YLE's public service will be financed by a new public service broadcasting tax collected by the Tax Administration. The Finnish Tax Administration's website provides further information on the public service broadcasting tax at www.vero.fi.
FICORA continues to be responsible for the effective supervision of the use of public service funds.
Radio licence fees, TV fee licences, and later TV fees have been collected for 85 years starting in 1927.
Anssi Laakso, Director, t. +358 9 6966 301, +358 40 500 5549
Aulikki Behm, Development Manager, t. +358 9 6966 255, +358 40 770 0788