Committee of the Council of States demands refund of Billag value-added tax

Billag has unjustly levied value-added tax for years. It remains to be seen whether the money must be repaid. The Telecommunications Committee of the Council of States (KVF) wants to oblige the Federal Council to do so.


The Telecommunications Committee of the Council of States has unanimously adopted a motion from the National Council calling for a legal basis for the repayment of wrongly levied VAT. This was announced by the parliamentary services on Tuesday. The motion was formulated openly and could be implemented by the Federal Council in line with a future decision by the Federal Supreme Court, the commission wrote. The latter is currently dealing with the question of whether the VAT must be repaid. However, the ruling does not apply generally, but only to those households that have sued for repayment in court.

According to the Federal Council, a total of CHF 153 million is at stake, which has been collected since 2011 without a legal basis. The KVF rejected a further motion from the sister commission calling for a retroactive period of five years. A Geneva initiative for automatic reimbursement also failed to find a majority. (SDA)

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