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Rates Rebates Scheme

The Rates Rebate Scheme was established by Government through the Rates Rebate Act 1973. The Scheme's purpose is to provide a subsidy to low income home owners and ratepayers on the cost of their rates. The majority of ratepayers who receive a rates rebate are social welfare beneficiaries.

Applying for a Rates Rebate

Ratepayers apply to their local council for a rates rebate. Application forms, provided by the Department of Internal Affairs, are available from the council.

Applicants who are eligible for a rates rebate are granted their rebate by the council. They then either have their rates reduced by the amount of the rebate or receive a cash payment if they have already paid their rates. The Department reimburses councils from Crown funds allocated specifically to the Rates Rebate Scheme.

A ratepayer may also apply for rates rebates for previous rating years. However, it will be necessary to provide satisfactory evidence of income for the previous income periods.

Eligibility and Criteria

Rates rebates are calculated using the formula described in the Rates Rebate Act. Eligibility for a rates rebate is determined by:

  • the ratepayer's income for the tax year preceding the start of the rating year, and
  • the amount of rates, and
  • the number of dependants.
The maximum allowable rates rebate is NZ$200.00.

For further information please contact your local council or Local Government Services, Department of Internal Affairs, on (04) 494-0539.

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