You may be eligible for a rates rebate. A rates rebate is a scheme in which the Government pays up to $655 of your rates.
This scheme is designed to help low-income ratepayers with their rates bills.
Am I eligible?
If you can answer ‘yes’ to all the following questions, then you may be eligible for a rates rebate:
- Is your total household income from all sources less than $26,150 (including spouse, If you earned more than this, you might still be eligible)
- Do you pay the rates on the address you live at?
- Were you living there at 1 July 2020?
- Is your name on the rates bill?
- If you have dependants living at home, your income can be $500 above the limit for each dependent.
- If you are a beneficial owner under a will or trust, you may be eligible, but will be required to provide evidence of this.
For more detailed information about the criteria, please visit: Department of Internal Affairs
How much am I eligible for?
If you think you are eligible for a rates rebate, you can use the Department of Internal Affairs calculator on their website to determine the level of your potential rebate
Access the calculator.
How do I apply?
You can either:
- Download an application form
- Pick up an application form from the Council Office or
- Call us on 07 873 4000 and we can post a form out to you.
As well as a completed form, you will need to provide:
- Ōtorohanga District Council and Waikato Regional Council rates notices for the 2019/2020 year.
- Proof of income for the 2019/2020 year, which could include:
- An IRD summary of earnings
- A certificate of earnings from your employer.
- Statement of Interest from your bank
- Details of share dividends
- Copy of your audited accounts if you are self-employed; or
- Any combination of the above.
Once completed, you can return the form to the Council either by:
- posting it to the Council; or
- coming in and seeing a staff member
Once your rebate has been processed, Council will inform you of this in writing.
The payment will be applied against your rates account, or a refund will be made if you have already paid your rates in full.