My background: I am a Belgian student studying for 6 months in Lausanne (Switzerland) in an exchange program. Recently I received a letter where I was asked to pay a television license tax of 365 euros. It is stated on the website of the organization collection this tax money (1) that every house-hold having a device capable of receiving radio or television (laptop, radio, television, wifi,…) needs to pay this tax. However, I find this a little bit ridiculous since I am only for 6 months in Switzerland without even listening or watching any Swiss television or radio. Also in Belgium as a student dependent on its parent’s one does not have to pay any kind taxes. Keeping this in mind it seems weird to pay a tax as a student without any income and being dependent on my parents.
So my questions are:
1) Do have to pay this tax even as a student without any income and being dependent on its parents? I tried to check the FAQ of the Swiss government on this tax but could not find any useful information (2)
2) At the moment, since I will leave Switzerland in June and only received the demand of payment recently, my plan is to try to postpone the payment as long as possible. Doing this I hope that I will leave Switzerland in time so that it is safe to ignore the payment of this tax. Is this a safe strategy?
3) Is their maybe another option to avoid/reduce this tax (which is a lot for a student without an income staying in a VERY expensive country)?
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Thanks in advance!