No Taxation in a TV Nation

Knock, knock. “Who is it?” “Brian O’Connell wit de Post Office.” As I peer through the peephole, I see a man holding up his Post ID Badge. So, I open the apartment door on a Sunday afternoon to see what kind of package is being delivered from one of my lovely friends or family back in the States.

“You deliver mail on Sundays?” “Uh, no, I just need to get the names of de residents in dis apartment.” “Oh, okay, it’s Joy and Chad Fisher. F-I-S-H-E-R.” “Tank you, m’am. And do you have a TV?” “Yes.” “And do you have TV license?” “What? Wait a minute, what does our having a TV have to do with the Post Office?” “You have ta have a TV license and it is administered by de Post.” “I see.” “So, if you don’t have it you’ll be getting a letter in the mail from us.”

As Chad and I anxiously await the letter, I can’t help but laugh and laugh at the idea that the Irish have a TV Tax and that it is handled by the Post Office. Did they learn nothing from the window and roof taxes in days of yore? The people of Ireland will surely rebel, won’t they? And why on earth is the Post Office in charge of it and not, say, the cable company or some more obviously TV related organization like that? Based on recent commercials that have been playing, though, I don’t think I’ll be laughing when the letter finally arrives because apparently you can face a fine and jail time if you don’t get a TV license.

The cost of the TV license is 155 euro (that’s about $200 US) and is good for one year. And I’m guessing they aren’t going to prorate it for us even though we are only here for a few months. The most unfortunate part of all of this is that we will have to pay $200 to watch reruns of US shows like Ally McBeal, the Simpsons, and the other Simpsons (Newlyweds) and, of course, MTV UK.

I think if this was happening in the U.S., Chad and I would be leading the Boston TV Party of 2005!

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