The broadcasting tax pays for the diverse public television and radio programs of German broadcasters for example ARD, ZDF and Deutschlandradio. The simple rule that applies to all residents who are of age is: One apartment – one tax. It doesn’t matter how many radio devices (TV, radio, PC or Smartphones) there are in an apartment or how many people live there. The tax also covers any privately used radio in vehicles belonging to the address. People on a low income, e.g. those receiving social assistance (Arbeitslosengeld II), or those with a severe disability can apply to be exempted from the tax or to have the tax reduced. The application forms are available from the administrative
offices of Heilbronn and online.
Further information and forms: http://www.rundfunkbeitrag.de/