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November 28, 2006

The Licence Fee: It's a Tax

It appears to be official now that the BBC licence fee is a tax, not a service charge.

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Oh yes I saw that when I was doing my CBI posts, but didn't see the significance of the point. I left the BBC and its tax out of my revenue calculations though so it was a wash either way.

Posted by: Francis | Nov 28, 2006 12:08:23 PM

The Office of National Statistics changed this earlier this year.

See http://www.statistics.gov.uk/articles/nojournal/PSB_article_190106.pdf for details, and their reasoning.

It does seem right - the licence fee is a tax.

Posted by: RichardR | Nov 28, 2006 3:34:04 PM

Well I'm officially a Tax Avoider.

and Proud! Now to work on the 50% of my salary the state extorts.

Posted by: AntiCitizenOne | Nov 28, 2006 4:43:30 PM

The thing that ticks me off about it is that if one *doesn't* have a TV, they make you go through a whole rigmarole to prove it to them - letters, phone calls where they say things like "What! You don't have a television! Are you sure?".

Rather than engaging with it this time, I am just throwing the letters in the bin.

Posted by: Ally | Nov 28, 2006 6:19:17 PM