Are you eligible for a rates rebate of up to $655 for the 2020/2021 rating year? This page offers a brief overview on how the rates rebate scheme operates.
NOTE: Applications CANNOT be processed until after the rates accounts are sent out in early August of each year.
Background & criteria
- Maximum rebate is $655.
- Income abatement threshold is $26,150 (Note: Your income can be greater than $26,150 and you may still be eligible for a pro-rata rebate).
- Additional income allowance for dependants is $500 per dependant.
- You must be the ratepayer on our records AND reside at the address for which you wish to apply for a rebate as at 1 July 2020.
- Rebates are intended for residential properties only. Properties used principally for commercial, industrial or farming purposes or in the name of a business are not eligible.
- Retirement village residents with licence to occupy agreements can now apply for a rates rebate from the rating year beginning 1 July 2020. (Retirement village residents with a licence to occupy do not own the property they live in but they do have a contractual right to occupy it). The Rates rebates (retirement village residents) amendment Bill was passed in Parliament in February 2018 and the Department of Internal Affairs is working through how the change will be implemented.
- Although a ratepayer's income might exceed the income abatement threshold a rates rebate could still be available, depending on the rates amount and number of dependants. If in doubt please contact the Rates Department.
- If you are granted a rates rebate, Council will credit the rebate to your rates account.
- The total rates payable includes those due to the West Coast Regional Council. Note however that for the Grey District, applications can only be processed by the Grey District Council and if you are successful, the rebate will be applied towards your Grey District Council rates only. You will need to arrange payment of your regional council rates in the normal manner.
Information required to process a rebate application
In order to process a rates rebate application, you will need to advise your TOTAL income BEFORE TAX for the year of 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020. Total income declared must include the income of spouse/partner if they are residing at the address on 1 July 2020.
Income includes (but is not limited to):
- New Zealand Superannuation
- Work and Income Benefit
- Wages or Salary
- Personal Superannuation
- Share earnings
- Profit before tax from any business (incl. Rental income)
- ACC earnings compensation
- Veteran's pension
- Family Assistance, ie Working for Families tax credits
- plus others
Examples of types NOT included:
- Bonus Bond/Lottery prizes
- Family Support
- Funeral Benefits
- Lump Sum payments from ACC, Insurance
- Family Tax Credit
- plus other capital sources
If you do not already know what your total income before tax is, you will need to contact the organisation(s) you have received the income from (eg employer, bank etc) to find out.