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The Rates Rebate Scheme is an annual rates subsidy (credited to the rate account) for low-income homeowners. The Scheme is run by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) and we process the applications.
To find out more you can phone us on 06 370 6300 or visit the govt.nz website where there is more information about rebates, a calculator and the application form.
How are rebates calculated?
Rebates are calculated based on the household income before tax, the number of dependents and the rates levied against the property. There are other criteria that we can talk about when you apply.
How much is a rebate?
Rebate levels are reassessed every year by DIA. The current maximum rebate is $640 which reduces down to $1 on a sliding scale, depending on individual circumstances.
How much can I earn and still qualify for a rebate?
As a very rough guide, a household income of $35,000 or less may qualify for the maximum rebate. Ratepayers with a household income above this may qualify for a partial rebate. This a very rough guide and eligibility/amount of the rebate depends on individual circumstances.
You can use the DIA calculator online or speak to Council staff about assessing eligibility.
How do I apply for a rebate?
The best way to apply is to call us on 06 370 6300 and make an appointment to come into Council. We have printed forms available and the team will go through them with you. The application form is also on the DIA website and can be printed off, completed, and returned to Council.
At the beginning of the rating year (1 July ‐ 17 August) you will need to book a time to come in because of high demand. From 1 September to 30 June you won’t need an appointment but please avoid 3 days either side of a rates penalty date (20 August, 20 November, 20 February and 20 May).
What will I need to apply for a rebate?
You will need:
- Information about what your income was (before tax) for the tax year preceding the current rating year.
- Information about what your partner/joint homeowner’s income (if applicable) was if they were normally living with you on the start of the rating year on 1 July.