The Rates Rebate Scheme was established by the Government through the Rates Rebate Act 1973 and the criteria given affect to by the Rates Rebate Order 2006 and the Rates Rebate (Specified Amounts) Order 2008.
The scheme is administered by Horowhenua District Council on behalf of the Department of Internal Affairs. The scheme's purpose is to provide a subsidy to low-income homeowners and ratepayers on the cost of their rates. The level of your rates, income and whether you have any dependents will all have a bearing on whether you qualify for a rebate or not.
Applications open for Rates Rebate Scheme 2019/2020
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 2019/2020 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 and arrange to meet with a Rates Rebates team member. Home visits can be arranged, if necessary. To make an appointment, please phone 06 366 1050 between 12 August and 23 August, or email your name and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
What you'll need to bring
You will need to bring the following to your appointment:
- proof of income (before tax) for the tax year ended 31 March 2019, this includes any Interest at the Bank; and
- proof of partner's or joint income if living together.
Council will be able to access your rates information.
'Income' means money received, before tax, for the year ended 31 March 2019. Satisfactory proof of income includes:
- income confirmation from Work and Income; and/or
- income confirmation from Inland Revenue; and/or
- investment earning statements for the tax year; and/or
- statement of earnings from your employer.
Additionally, for self-employed people:
- a complete set of business accounts for the year ended 31 March 2019
- you cannot offset business losses against other income
- business losses should be entered as $0.
Further information can be viewed on the New Zealand Government website.