Rates rebate applications invited

Published on 12 August 2019

Rates Rebates.

It is time to apply for a rates rebate for the 2019/20 rating year.

Rebates of up to $640 may be available to eligible residential ratepayers.

To be eligible, you must be:

  • Named as a ratepayer for that property, and;
  • Living at that property on 1 July 2019.

Rebates are based on total household income for the tax year ending 31 March 2019 and the amount of rates for both Horowhenua District Council and Horizons Regional Council for the 2019/20 rating year.

To check your entitlement, visit the ‘Getting a rates rebate’ page on the New Zealand Government website and enter your details into the rebate calculator.

Alternatively, contact Horowhenua District Council to arrange to meet with a Rates Rebates team member. Home visits can be arranged, if necessary. To make an appointment, phone 06 366 1050 between 12 August and 23 August, or email your name and phone number to ratesrebates@horowhenua.govt.nz. Calls after 23 August should be made to 06 366 0999.

Application forms are available online from the ‘Getting a rates rebate’ page or from Council’s customer service centres at the main office building or Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō in Levin, Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom in Foxton, and the Shannon community library.

Rates rebate myth-busters

You have to be on superannuation to apply. 

Not true. The rebate is based on your total income from all sources for the year ended 31 March 2019.

Self-employed people cannot apply. 

Not true. The rebate is based on your total income from all sources for the year ended 31 March 2019. You just need to bring in proof of income or your set of accounts for the year ending 31 March 2019.

Rates rebates are age-related.

Not true. Anyone of any age can apply for the rebate provided they meet the eligibility criteria.

Your rates need to be up-to-date to apply.

Not true. The rebate is based on your current year’s rates. Council strongly encourages anyone that is facing difficulty in paying their rates to contact Council to discuss options.  

The process is complicated.

Not true. The process is simple and straight-forward. All you need is your total income from all sources for the year ending 31 March 2019. Council staff members are happy to assist you to complete your application.

We have to visit the Council building to apply.

Not necessarily. Council offers a home visit service for ratepayers who may have difficulty getting to a Council customer service centre.