Rates Rebate

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:

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.