The Government is considering a proposal for the Revenue Commissioners to take over the collection of the TV licence fee from An Post.
It is part of an Oireachtas report which aims to tackle evasion and raise an additional €30 million a year.
Last week Communications Minister Denis Naughten ruled out introducing a laptop levy instead of the licence fee.
The potential move to involve Revenue in the collection of the fee has been criticised by former Communications Minister Pat Rabbitee, who said it wasn’t their role to collect bills.
“The Revenue’s job is to collect taxes and it is a government department that does a particularly good job,” said Mr Rabbitte.
“It is not to collect utility fees for State companies or any company. You might as well say ’why don’t they collect the ESB charge’.
“So I think the Revenue commissioners will draw a line. The property tax, at the end of the day, is a tax. This is a utility bill.”