RAI license fee: the hypotheses on how we will pay it (if we will pay it)

The Rai license fee could become a tax to be paid with the tax return, at least according to the latest rumors filtered by Palazzo Chigi. Yesterday La Repubblica confirmed that if on the one hand the Draghi Government accepted the agenda of the deputy Maria Laura Paxia (Mixed Group) which provides for the elimination of the fee from the energy bill (as requested by the EU), on the other there is still uncertainty about the alternative.

There are several methods in the world. The first is that of eliminate the fee entirely (we pay 90 euros), letting the state coffers generally take over the annual outlay. It is conceptually the most convenient system and probably the most pleasing to tax evaders. Today it works in many countries: from Sweden to Spain, not to mention Portugal, Romania, Holland and many others. In some cases, however, the advertising ceiling has been heavily reduced.

Rai would need about 1.63 billion euros per year, which in fact is the figure that has begun to collect since 2019. Maybe something more given that the special fee due from companies, hotels and public offices languishes: in 2019 there was talk of 85.1 million; in 2020 only 61 million.

The second possibility could be to imitate the French model that combines the fee (138 euros) with the house tax, but it could hardly take hold with us; we are still struggling with the land registry reform.

And here is that the option of payment with 730 it seems the most plausible and practicable. The Draghi Government could introduce the novelty in the next Budget Law.

Finally, it should be emphasized that before the fee in the bill, the tax evasion rate in Italy was estimated at around 27% against the current 3%. You can agree with the idea that if you do not use a service you are entitled not to pay, but the public one should have different characteristics than the private one and therefore respond to consequent obligations (for those who produce and for those who use). Over the years there has perhaps been a little too much concern with the issue of financing and very little with that of the quality offered, with the aggravating circumstance that there are first-rate under-employed professionals within Rai.

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