What is the GEZ/Rundfunkbeitrag, and why should I pay it?

What is the GEZ/Rundfunkbeitrag, and why should I pay it?

Why are you receiving this 52.50€ bill, and what can you do about it? Here's everything you need to know about the Rundfunkbeitrag

Every three months, you will get a 52.50€ bill from Rundfunk ARD, ZDF und Deutschlandradio. This is the TV tax. Every household in Germany must pay it.

How much do you have to pay?

Each household has to pay 17.50€ per month. If you live with your partner or with roommates, only one of you has to pay the GEZ. It doesn't matter if you live by yourself or if you share a flat with 25 other people; the monthly amount stays the same.

If someone in your household is already paying, you can inform the GEZ by filling this form.

Can you just not pay?

NO! Do not ignore these letters! If you don't pay, you will be charged extra fees, and eventually get sued. They will win. So be prepared to get such a letter every three months.

However, some people are exempt from this fee:

  • Students and trainees (Azubis)
  • Hartz IV recipients
  • Retirees who receive social assistance
  • People with disabilities - the fee is reduced to 5.83€/month for those with RF in their disabled person's pass
  • Residents of nursing homes
  • Asylum seekers

For each group, there are specific conditions to avoid the fee1. For example, if you are a student, it's not enough to study; you must also be a BAföG (financial aid) recipient and must not live with your parents.

You can request a reduction or an exemption from the Rundfunkbeitrag by filling this form.

How to pay the Rundfunkbeitrag?

The letter you receive should contain a payment slip with prefilled payment information. The easiest way to pay is to make a bank transfer with the information you find on that paper slip. Make sure you correctly enter the reference number, as it's used to associate the payment to you.

Alternatively, you can fill the paper slip with your information (name, IBAN, date and signature) and bring it to your bank.

GEZ/rundfunkbeitrag SEPA papier


  • Amit Herekar

    Once people are fined for not paying. Accordingly to the law, it says it is OK to pay back the owed amount.
    One doesnt need to pay back the amount + fine.

    . I just moved into my student apartment few months ago (where some people get the letter and some dont) and missed out on the 1st letter, then 3 months down the line I get a letter asking me to pay 150€. I would still prefer paying 60€ instead of the 150€.

    What is your take on this?

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  • Se

    Even if you are blind and deaf they will want their 5€ a month...
    Even if you go to court the court will side with the GEZ
    This is where we all have to ask ourselves some important questions

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  • Awudu Mamu

    The house I am leaving the person who rent the house is pay for the zdf why I must pay one TV we are using so why I should pay

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  • George

    GEZ is a crime

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