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Audiovisual contribution

Abolition of the TV license fee from 2022

Publié le 22 août 2022 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

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The contribution to public broadcasting, more commonly referred to as the TV license fee, will be abolished as from 2022. This represents a saving of €138 per year in metropolitan France or €88 in overseas France. Nearly 23 million households were liable for the tax.

The 2022 Amending Budget Law (FRL) published in Official Journal of 17 august 2022 abolishes from 2022 the contribution to the public audiovisual sector, which makes it possible to finance the public audiovisual sector. This levy, which was worth EUR 3.7 billion to the State, will be offset by a transfer of a fraction of the VAT revenue until the end of 2024.

What is the contribution to public broadcasting?

Any household or company that owned a TV on 1er January of the taxation year was to pay the public broadcasting contribution, or television license fee. Some people were exempt from this, in particular, persons with a reference tax income of 0, beneficiaries of the solidarity allowance for the elderly or of the disabled adult allowance (AAH).

The amount of the TV license fee is €138 in metropolitan France and €88 in overseas France.

The contribution to the public audiovisual sector finances public audiovisual organizations: France Télévisions, Radio France, Arte-France, France Médias Monde (France 24 and RFI), TV5 Monde and the National Audiovisual Institute (INA).

For individuals, the payment of the contribution to public broadcasting was made at the same time and under the same conditions as the housing tax. Taxpayers received either a single tax assessment with the 2 taxes or a tax assessment for the TV license fee alone.

The TV license fee will therefore no longer be collected as of the start of the 2022 school year. For taxpayers who are not monthly in 2022, only the amount of the housing tax shown on the notice will be payable.

Reimbursement of the contribution to public broadcasting

If you are completely exempt from housing tax on your principal residence and you are only monthly for the TV royalty:

  • you will be automatically reimbursed in September 2022 by transferring the amounts collected in 2022 to your bank account;
  • monthly and maturity direct debit contracts will be automatically phased out at the end of 2022. You don't have to take any steps.

If you pay the residential tax on your principal residence and the TV royalty and you are monthly, the amount you have already paid in respect of the 2022 royalty will be automatically returned to you:

  • either by a refund to your bank account at the beginning of October (for residential taxes due on November 15) or at the beginning of December (for residential taxes due on December 15);
  • or by reducing your principal residence housing tax liability if the amount of the monthly installments already levied is less than the amount of the 2022 housing tax owing.

  FYI : tax notices will be available in the special area from 28 september for non-monthly users and from 28 october for monthly users.

In addition, PMB officers answer all questions from users on 0 809 401 401 (toll-free number) Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  Please note : the 2022 supplementary budget (LFR) opened the appropriations to finance measures to strengthen the protection of the purchasing power of the French.

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