Assistance of up to $610 may be available if your income is low.
The rate rebate scheme provides a subsidy to low income home owners (ratepayers) on the cost of their rates. The scheme was established by the Rates Rebate Act 1973. The eligibility thresholds were reviewed effective from 1 July 2006 and now provide assistance to many more households. A rebate needs to be claimed during the rate year for which it is payable, claims cannot be made for past rate years.
Are you eligible?
You must be the legal ratepayer for the property that was your home on 1 July 2016.
Although a ratepayer's income might exceed the income threshold a rates rebate could still be available, depending on the rates amount and number of dependants - see the example tables or electronic calculator to see if you could be eligible.
The maximum rates rebate for 2016-2017 financial year is $610.00
Applications close on 30 June 2017 and cannot be accepted after this date.
What should I do if I think I am eligible for a rebate?
Obtain a rates rebate application form. You can do that by:
- Click here to download an application form from the Department of Internal Affairs
- Contact the Council's Rates Department (06) 838-7309 and we will send you a form.
- Pick up a form from the Council Offices at Coronation Square.
How to apply
You may apply for a rates rebate at the Council's Administration Offices - Queen Street, Wairoa by returning a completed form. Please note that the form must be signed in front of an authorised person.
What if I need assistance to complete the form?
Please contact the Council Office's on (06) 838 7309 to make an appointment.
What information do I need to bring?
Please bring details of your income for the year ending 31 March 2016.
Proof of income includes, but is not limited to:
- Income confirmation from Work & Income; and/or
- Income confirmation form Inland Revenue; and/or
- Investment earning statements for the tax year; and/or
- Statement of earnings from your employer.
Please note that you are required to declare all your income.
For more information please contact the Wairoa District Council.
+64 6 838 7309