The annual crackdown on people who have not paid their $110 TV licence is under way. Several thousand home owners who have not paid up so far will get a court summons, and if they ignore this, they risk arrest and fines of up to $40,000.
The MDA sends out notices to pay the TV licence together with the Inland Revenue Authority’s property tax assessment notice every December.
It sends a reminder to pay the original amount plus a $25 late payment fee to households that have not paid by Jan 31.
After this, and a second late notice, the agency sends a summons via registered mail to the ‘very small percentage’ that still do not pay up, said Ms Chang.
The summons has the desired effect, with ‘almost 80 per cent’ of the holdouts quickly paying up the $110 — plus a fine of up to $1,000 — to avoid going to court.
Source: SINGAPORE: Won’t pay TV licence? [AsiaMedia]