The rates rebate scheme was first introduced in the 1970s and the numbers eligible had slowly dwindled as the income limits failed to move in line with inflation and benefit rates.
In 2006 the Government announced a substantial update to its Rates Rebate Scheme, increasing the income limit so more people would be eligible.
The new income limit still applies for the 2016/2017 rating year is $24,470. In the 2015/2016 rating year, rebates were granted to 1,081 Upper Hutt ratepayers.
You might be eligible for a rates rebate if:
- you are the ratepayer for the property where you reside (subject to certain conditions)
- you have lived there since at least 1 July 2016
- your total household income before tax (to 31 March 2016) is low.
Although the general income limit is $24,470, you might still qualify for a rebate with an income of up to $42,000 if you have dependents and/or depending on your level of rates.
To apply, collect an application form from the Council or if you have access to the internet, visit the Department of Internal Affairs website using the link in the Resources & Links section.
Completed forms must be signed in front of an authorised witness as detailed on the form and should be returned to Council’s Rates department. Council will forward the application to the Department of Internal Affairs Rates Rebate Team.
When the application is approved, DIA makes a lump sum payment to the rates account in the amount of the rebate. The next rates invoice after a successful rebate application will display the amount of the rebate received.
Ratepayers can apply anytime during the rating year from 1 July to 2016 to 30 June 2017. You can only apply once during the rating year.
Links to more information including the Department of Internal Affairs website can be found in the Resources and Links section.
Last updated on 06 Oct 2016