Broadcasting fee exemption and reduction
A broadcasting fee exemption or reduction is only possible on application under certain conditions.
An exemption from the broadcasting fee is possible on application for
- recipients of social assistance,
- recipients of social benefit or unemployment benefit II,
- Asylum seeker
- persons entitled to special welfare,
- BAföG recipients and recipients of vocational training allowance (who do not live with their parents),
- recipients of basic security benefits,
- recipients of care allowance and care allowances,
- deafblind people and recipients of assistance for the blind.
The broadcasting fee for severely disabled persons who are not exempt from the obligation to pay as recipients of one of the aforementioned benefits is reduced to one third upon request.
People with disabilities and the mark RF, who were exempt from the previous broadcasting fee, will be automatically converted to the reduced fee of 5.99 euros per month as of 1 January 2013. The reduction is valid until the expiry of the underlying decision. Anyone who has so far been exempt for health reasons should check whether an exemption for the aforementioned financial reasons is possible. An exemption for financial reasons also applies until the expiry of the underlying decision.
If you apply for the award of the mark "RF" (= exemption from the broadcasting fee obligation) with an application for a declaration in accordance with the Social Code - Ninth Book - (SGB IX), you will receive an application form from the contribution service of ARD, ZDF and Deutschlandradio (formerly: GEZ) from your responsible pension office if necessary. You can also download this form online from the website of the contribution service. To avoid legal disadvantages, forward it to the contribution service as soon as possible.
An overview of the details of the grounds and conditions for exemption and more detailed explanations of the discount can be found on the website of the contribution service.
The application for exemption or reduction must be submitted in writing to the contribution service. The conditions for exemption or reduction must be proven by the corresponding confirmation of the authority or the service provider in the original or by the corresponding notification in the original or in a certified copy.
For deafblind people, a medical certificate is sufficient.
Application forms are available on the website of the contribution service.
Often, the forms are also provided for you by the municipal, official or city administrations.
Contribution Service - Application Forms
Interstate Treaty on Broadcasting Contributions of 21 December 2010 (GVOBl. Schl.-H. 2011 p. 345).
Contribution Service - Interstate Treaty on Broadcasting Contributions
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